This past week, we discussed a particular article in class entitled 7 Ways You Can Change the World and we decided to discuss two of the questions at the end of the article. These questions are powerful. As I really examined these over the past week I found myself almost being more impressed by the magnitude of the questions than my answers to them. These aren’t questions we really think about. Think about the number of times a day that you say, “I would love to but I can’t” for whatever reason. You can’t because you’re busy or don’t have the time, or you can’t because you’re scared of what might happen if you do?
What if you knew you could do anything and wouldn’t fail?
The concept of dreaming this big is a little intimidating. How do I conceptualize doing anything I’ve ever dreamed of if I knew I wouldn’t fail when we live in such a realistic and practical society that makes dreams coming to fruition so hard? There is an extensive list of things I would do if I knew that at the end of the day, I would make progress or succeed in making a difference. I would find the cure for cancer, I would eliminate all disease and illness, I would find a way to rid the world of bugs and insects (because ew), and I could go on and on about things I would change. Yet, there is really one, somewhat difficult task that I want to tackle head on. If I could do just one thing, knowing I wouldn’t fail, it would be to give every single person in this world confidence. Including myself.
Confidence can do so much more for a person than you may even realize. Confidence could be the reason a woman leaves an abusive relationship. Confidence could be the reason that a bystander stands up against injustice. Confidence could be the reason that someone gets hired. Confidence could be the reason that someone is the first to go to college in a family. Confidence could be the reason for the uprising of a great societal leader who works to stop world tragedy. Confidence could give the mind of a person with the cure to a rare disease the reason to become educated. Confidence could be the reason that we do anything without fear of failing. While confidence can be dangerous in the hands of the wrong people, it can also save the lives of those who suffer.
What is one thing you can start doing toward that goal in the next 24 hours?
Well, this is difficult to answer because how exactly do you give someone confidence? I can’t just hand you a card with the word confidence on it and expect you to feel that way. It’s not always a simple answer. I guess something that I could start doing in order to give others confidence, would be to find mine. I don’t think I can find all of the confidence I don’t have in a matter of 24 hours, but I can do things to improve it. I can start looking in the mirror and telling myself I Can instead of Maybe you shouldn’t or Don’t bother. I could probably start recognizing my accomplishments instead of dwelling on my imperfections. I could attempt to set goals and actually believe that I can follow through with them instead of being shocked when I am successful. I could just do instead of thinking about doing. Sometimes you’ve got to work on yourself before you try and tackle someone else’s issues. So, I guess within the next 24 hours — wait I will within the next 24 hours make strides toward my own confidence so that I can figure out a way to empower others to find their own confidence.