Everyone has ideals. Maybe you want to have coffee with your neighbor more often, so that she feels less lonely or maybe you have an idea to plant more trees in your neighborhood or help refugees to learn the Dutch language. An ideal like this stays in our heads more often than we actually participate in it. That’s a shame, because the world needs changemakers.
Are you awake yet?
Marnix Geus wants to stimulate you with Het Idealenboek (affiliate) to commit yourself to your ideals. Based on inspiring stories from real changemakers, you will discover that there are actually 5 phases that you go through before you can bring about change.
It starts with waking up. You realize that you want to contribute something and to what exactly. Everyone wakes up sooner or later. This can be due to a serious event, such as illness. Or there is someone around you who inspires you.
Now that you have the plan to initiate positive change, it is simply time to get started. We often make following an ideal way too big. For example, if you want to plant more trees in your area, planting a tree in your own yard is a good start. And sometimes just sharing and stating what you are going to do is a very important first step. As soon as you start moving, others will automatically move along. You will also encounter some c
but don’t let that discourage you.
Once you’ve made a start, it’s important to gather your auxiliaries. Start with family and friends, people you know would love to help you. It will grow from there, especially if you are visible. Charities are often too modest. Being visible isn’t about boasting, it’s about sharing your ideals and getting others excit about it.
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Now it comes down to perseverance and daring to trust that your ideal will find its way.
Ideals in practice
Does it still sound a bit floaty to you? Or too big? I was touc by Geus’s book, because I am now working on an ideal myself. I wanted to create a platform that would give women a loving push to learn about HPV.
It started bubbling in my head when I was in the hospital with cervical cancer. Before I actually took a step, I first heard that little voice about fifty times a day that said ‘You can’t make a difference on your own, don’t get anything in your head’.
In the end I convinced myself that I too can contribute to a better world. How did I get started with that? By speaking out for myself. By saying out loud what I wanted to do and achieve. First only against friends. Their positive reactions stimulated me to also speak out to the outside world.
That’s how I came into contact with a fantastic designer & web builder. He was eager to participate in the project. And VP Design Officers Email Lists before I knew it, designs were being exchanged and I had a website. We have taken over a year to do this. That may have been the time I needed to process that it was going to happen!
After that year, I tweet about it, with no expectations. It had been a nice process and I was proud of the result. Before I knew it I was talking about my platform on television, an interview request came in, the biggest companies want to collaborate and I got reactions from strangers. Some nice, some less nice. But my platform was seen.
It is already bigger than I could have ever dream. It won’t be the same with every ideal, but as long as you do something you care about I’m living proof that you can actually make a difference. Yes you!
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