Best ways to be a Better Activist
- Start with one person
An activist is the one who likes to bring a change. But as we all know we can’t change everything at a time. Even we create our future by working very hard on every single day. In the same way, an activist should implement his change reforms with one person or with one group.
- Act Locally
There is a saying, keep your house clean to make your country clean. That means firstly you have to act locally to make a significant impact globally.
- Be Open..To Anything
A better activist is a LEADER, which means a leader should have more patience to listen, more patience to understand and should always be open to accepting what he doesn’t know.
- Listen to those that you want to help. They know what they want, you may not.
An activist is a hub for ideas and reforms, but a better activist is the one who listens to the seekers to know what exactly is required to do.
- Update your opinions.
To be a better activist one has to keep updating themselves with news things happening around the world.
- Stick with truths and facts.
You can’t win the situation without knowing the truth and can’t implement the ideas without knowing facts!
- Get the big picture, pay attention to the details.
A leader always envisions a wider picture by paying attention to minute details.
- Know your argument and your opponents.
What is your argument, why you are arguing and what are you going to achieve through that argument is a prerequisite analysis done by a better activist to overcome your opponents?
- Define your terms and then open them up to debate
An aimless debate always leads to ego issues. So, before debating one has to submit his terms strongly.
- Have a worldview bigger than yourself.
Better activist will always be part of a cause rather than for fame. The one who serve something important for the good of the people around him.
- Look at the things through child’s eye.
Children only know about right this moment, they focus 100% on what they are doing without any fear because they don’t have any other thoughts to distract them.
- Listen to what’s not being said.
One should not listen to respond but should listen to understand. A better activist listens to understand the word clues and notice the body language to find the additional information which is not said.
You can’t justify with theory, one has to experiment to prove with facts.
- Replenish yourself with experiences.
Replenish means up again. Sometimes the path you have chosen doesn’t work or you face excessive disturbances due to the opponents. But then that’s where you have to think about the Big Picture of what you are working on to move ahead. Try to energise yourself with the experiences of others.
- Network with like-minded people.
Being around like minded people help to gain positive energy within you. Discussing and sharing the ideas with the like-minded people actuate you to think more creatively.
There is nothing wrong to collaborate with like-minded people. It surely helps to achieve the bigger picture in a better way within a lesser time.
- Don’t forget kindness and humility.
Never take success to the head, always look back when you reach where you wanted to be.
- Remember that “different” doesn’t mean “wrong”.
Every Individual has his own perspective towards life. Designing your own path in your own way doesn’t mean wrong. The only thing to keep in mind is that you must not forget the principles.
- You don’t need to be right all the time.
The better activist has to let go of to be right always. The more you think you are right, the more you lose the openness to others.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously.
No human being is born perfect. Perfection comes from experimenting and in that process one commits a mistake. Learn from mistakes to be a better activist. And always remember “Mistakes don’t define you, they teach you”
- Enjoy doing little things. They add up to make a whole.
Smile at a stranger and be kind to your loved ones. You will get back the same when you needed the most.
- Don’t wait, do something now.
Start where you are, with what you have which will lead you to where you belong. Action gets the things done, not waiting.
- BE ASSERTIVE
The most required quality of the better activist is to be confident and self-assured without an aggressive approach to performing better.
- Do what you feel is right.
Listen to everyone, but do what is right for you.
- Be Authentic
Always sport yourself as genuine. Genuine is the best way to stand miles ahead compared to others.
- Question authority.
This popular slogan can be traced back to the ancient Greek Philosopher, Socrates. Always keep a courage to question the wrong happenings done by authority.
- Do something, don’t just talk about it.
Everyone can talk, everyone can suggest but many will back off at the time of implementation. The better activist is the one who implements the talks.
- Believe in the future you can make.
Never doubt on self. One has to believe in self to achieve the big in the future.
- Never give up
Failure is a stepping stone for success. One shouldn’t give up due to the failures and also shouldn’t give up in between the journey. Keep the never give up attitude.
A travel blogger Mouna Challa who is in a constant pursuit of being a better activist has contributed this article. You can visit her travel blog at 365Travelling >A Solo Traveller