Have you ever thought that something you wanted to accomplish was impossible?
Of course, we all have had this feeling!
A few months ago, I had the privilege of talking to a Grassroots Leader Certification student. Sally* believed that she would never be able to execute a high-level grassroots strategy. Let’s call her Sally for our purposes. Sally’s comment struck me as odd. She was a graduate of our first two certification levels and she was sitting in an advanced grassroots activism class. Yet, she felt like she could never accomplish such a lofty goal. The irony was that she had earned her place in this room. Sally is one of the most active volunteers that I’ve met. She built relationships with her local legislators and is a frequent contributor to her community. However, Sally began from a place of “I can’t” instead of “I can” when faced with a huge goal.
Sally’s experience felt really familiar to me. There are times when I subconsciously ignore the experience, knowledge, and wisdom that I’ve accumulated by starting new challenges from a place of “I can’t” instead of “I can”. When I began from a place of “I can’t”, I found myself taking two steps forward and one step back. However, when you begin from a place of “I can do” or “I can accomplish”, you embrace your life experiences and developed skillset to move forward.
The truth is, activism can be a scary and daunting proposition. However, it is everyday people, like us, that understand what is at stake for the next generation. Imagine if we faced the next challenge of activism in our community by saying “I can” instead of “I can’t”. Think of how we can truly bring prosperity to our nation.
The next time you’re scared to knock on a door, meet an elected official, or develop the next social media campaign for the issue you care about – start by saying “I can”. Be careful though – you might just accomplish something you never thought possible.