“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Who can honestly say that they don’t want to change the world?
It’s a pretty simple desire that nearly everyone has.
But, if we’re to believe the possibly fictitious Gandhi quote above, then you have to make a difference in your own life before you can make a difference in the world.
So I wanted to share a super-short blog post on how to make a difference in your life.
Because regardless of whether Gandhi said the words or not, they still ring true today.
Why We Want To Change The World
Self-improvement really helps you to upgrade your perspective.
You stop seeing yourself as a victim and start to realise you have more power than you ever believed possible.
And inevitably you start to think about how you could use your newfound perspective to change the world.
Of all the goals to set, I would argue that this is the best one.
After all, changing the world for the better makes everyone’s lives better.
Many who have had this goal in the past have vastly improved the world on the whole.
But, before we can do that, we first have to learn how to make a difference in our own lives.
That’s right, you do have to change yourself for the better.
Only then can you change the world too.
I can’t imagine Gandhi would have made much of a difference in the world if he hadn’t become the man he needed to be in order to change the world.
So, how do you make a difference in your own life?
Well, the key is to work towards becoming the best, most integrated version of yourself.
What Does It Mean To Be Integrated?
Integration is simply self-acceptance at the deepest level.
It’s accepting everything about yourself.
From the most positive intentions to the darkest thoughts, you have to fully accept who you are as a person.
To be integrated means not denying anything within yourself.
It certainly doesn’t mean you should act on every impulse.
But you do need to recognise that it’s all there.
And, more importantly, it’s all you.
Self-denial in any form can easily lead to self-destruction.
To deny that you have negative thoughts and feelings sometimes is as pointless as denying that you have a left hand.
If you want to make a difference in your life, you have to accept yourself for who you are.
Even the “bad” stuff.
And, of course, that can be scary.
But the alternative is to ignore these hidden areas of your life.
And when you hide them, they grow and grow until they eventually spin out of control in self-destructive ways.
And that is why the best thing you can do is completely accept yourself and integrate even the hidden parts of you into your life.
You don’t have to like everything about yourself.
But you do have to accept and love yourself.
Final Thoughts On How To Make A Difference In Your Life
The more you can accept and love yourself, the more acceptance and love there will be in the world. 👨❤️👨
And that will open the door for more people to do the same.
As they make a difference in their lives, more doors will open for even more people.
And the more people impacted, the better the world will be.
So, start today.
Learn how to make a difference in your life through self-acceptance and let yourself be an example for how to change the world.