Excerpt from Affirmations for Mindful Leaders (ISBN 978-1-300-65919-8, 76 pages, $9.99)
Artwork by fabulous Fruition Coalition intern, Samantha Dillon
The process of personal growth is both awakening and becoming.
Awakening is the process of connecting with our purpose and passion. It is both spiritual and psychological. It is internal and eternal.
Becoming is the process of integrating our soul’s deepest desires–our purpose and our passion–with our everyday thoughts and actions. It is experiential and external.
The more we awaken, the more we can become. The more we become, the more we can awaken.
This idea can be applied to organizational development as well. Awakening is the process of discovering and articulating the organization’s highest purpose and vision. Becoming is the process of bringing that purpose and vision to life through action.
We may share a common vision, but differ in the means we choose to pursue and create our vision. There is no right or wrong way; multiple paths lead to this shared vision of the future.
Because there are many paths to this place of justice, of freedom, of compassion, of peace, we ought to support each other on the journey. We are tour guides of our missions. By sharing our maps, the bigger picture will emerge. We will be able to better anticipate how we will anticipate the terrain. We will also be able to determine where our paths cross and intertwine, when we are moving along parallel paths, and when we are heading in opposite directions.
In my activism, I have transformed from a revolutionary, to an evolutionary, to a visionary.
As a revolutionary, I was reactive. My focus was on destroying unjust hegemony.
As an evolutionary, I was complacent. My focus was on going with the natural flow.
As a visionary, I am proactive. My focus is on creating the world of my dreams.
Perhaps the next step will be for me to effectively integrate all three paradigms of activism, easily moving among them as called for by the situation.
I believe that social change is the result of both individual and organizational action. I further feel that social change is impossible without significant personal change – within both ourselves and others. Organizations, formal or informal, can be a conduit for collective action, amplifying – and morphing — personal change. To move from personal to organizational to social change, three factors are necessary: passion, vision, and commitment. Passion motivates movement toward the vision and commitment sustains us along the journey.
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