Contributor: Brandie Blankenship
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream for civil rights in America. Dr. King was a great example of a leader. Although he may not have been in charge of the civil rights movement, he was a critical component. This shows us that being in charge of something isn’t what makes someone a leader. It is the actions one takes that displays leadership talent.
MLK had a dream and he turned that dream into reality by using the skills he was good at to make a difference in a non-violent, inspirational way. How did he do this? He did it in 5 simple, yet challenging steps:
- He had a dream – something he wanted for the future
- He turned that dream into a vision – he didn’t give up before he even tried
- He came up with a strategy – plan, plan, plan
- He brought awareness to the community by telling others his plan – he rallied people together to work for the good
- He never gave up – regardless of the threats and danger he faced, he persisted because he never thought of his dream as impossible
Your dream might not be something as big as the civil rights movement, but most people have dreams;, big or small. Maybe your dream is to make a better life for your family, advance in your career, improve working conditions or be more innovative? Whatever it may be, what steps are you taking to fulfill your dreams?
It’s a new year! Do you want to change the world? Make a difference? As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Start changing yourself if you want to change the life around you.” You may not envision yourself as a leader, but you are. You are the leader of your life. The time to act is now.