You feel helpless.
The world seems chaotic. There’s so much hate everywhere. Bad people with a lot of money and power are calling all the shots.
From issues like terrorism, refugees, racism, human trafficking, politics, civil rights, or anything else you can think of, our world seems hopeless.
And you feel helpless.
You don’t have a lot of money. You don’t have a lot of time. You don’t have a lot of influence. What can you possibly do?
A lot more than you think.
If you’re reading this blog article, you have more wealth, resources, and power at your fingertips than the majority of the world. This isn’t a guilt trip, it’s an empowerment trip.
We usually think of the people who change the world as those starting nonprofits, writing big checks, or volunteering overseas for several years.
But some of the most impactful change happens when normal people use what they have to do what is right on a consistent basis. Here’s how you can be that person.
1) You can give up a drink or a meal
A drink at Starbucks will cost you about $5. Eating out might be $10-$20. What if you gave up one of those once a month?
There are a lot of great organizations doing incredible work, and they can’t do it without donations.
But what can a measly $5 a month do?
I’ve worked for several nonprofits, and though the big donations every once in a while were nice, my favorite were the monthly $5-10 contributors. Having a lot of people donate consistently, even if it was only $5, helped us have a reliable budget every month. And we knew they were committed to our cause because they donated what they could afford.
So find a cause you care about and start with $5 a month. It helps more than you know.
2) You can share your time and skills
Nonprofits of all sizes need volunteers. These positions range anywhere from working directly with the people they serve to behind the scenes work.
But what if you don’t have any time during your work day?
Smaller organizations have a need for volunteers with practical work skills that could be done remotely. So if you know marketing, graphic design, accounting, data entry, or another computer skill, you could help them out on your spare time.
3) You can introduce your friends to new people
You’re not the only one who cares about the world. You have friends who are probably a lot like you. They want to do something meaningful, but just don’t know how. They may even have the skills, time, or money that you don’t have.
If there’s an organization or opportunity that you care about, share it with your friends. Don’t assume that they won’t want to help. Give people the opportunity to join you in the causes that matter the most to you.
4) You can talk about what you care about
Change only happens when people can no longer tolerate the current situation. The only reason that there are so many bad things happening in the world is because we tolerate it.
Most people tolerate the bad not because they’re cruel, but because they just don’t know. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable to know, and sometimes it’s just too difficult to find out.
That’s where your voice matters. Talk about the issues that you care about so other people can have a better understanding.
Post about it on social media. Write a blog. Record a video. Or just have real life conversations.
You can do a lot more than you realize
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the problems in the world. And it’s easy to feel helpless, like there’s nothing that you can do to change anything.
But keep in mind that all the problems in the world are caused by normal people like you and me. So there’s no reason that normal people like you and me can’t be the solutions to those problems.