I am actually of the school of thought that says “Life is not just about earning but about impact, and you start living when you start making impact f not you are just existing”. We all belong in a community and each of them are faced with one issue or the other. The question today is; what are you and i doing in our different communities to make it better? After interacting with several young people about this question, most told me is not my responsibility is that of the government. Let me challenge you and say make an impact in your own little way in your community rather than waiting for the government. If people like Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, etc decided to wait for the government imagine how the lives of people they touch must have ended. Lets look at these 3 simple steps that will help you in making your environment better than you met it;
1. Understand the problem faced by the community
Every community have different issues they are battling with. A community in Lagos, Nigeria might be having issues with bad roads while another community in United Kingdom might be having issues with rape. So all you need to do first is to take time to observe, ask questions, and know what the major problems the community are faced with are. Do some research to identify the needs of your community before you can help your community. Understanding the problem itself will really help you so well in implementing the other steps effectively.
2. Think and make research on solutions
After the identification and understanding of the problem, the next thing you will need to do is to think through the problems and make research about it in other to know the right approach to solving it. Most times i noticed that almost every problem faced in our communities have been faced by another community in the past too; researching to know how they handled it will really help you a whole lot in addressing the problem. Attend community events; It’s likely that other people and organisations in your community are also taking steps to help improve it. They probably hold festivals, cleanups and meetings in an effort to make the neighbourhood a better place. How often do you show up to community events? Start going to as many as you can. Move around the community and talk with the people and you will be amazed at the ideas people will share with you on the way out. You can even know more about the origin of the problem as you interact and rob minds with like minded people, and even elders in the community.
3. Implement the solution
The third step is implementation of the solution that you must have found out for the community to make it better than you have met it after critically going through step two. Outline a plan for getting things done; to accomplish your goals, you’re going to need an action plan. And to execute an action plan, you’ll probably need some help and funding. Write up a plan that details everything you’re going to need to accomplish a given goal, including the following: People, money, and other resources. Get other people involved. Ask around to find out who else is as excited to make a difference as you are. Try to form a core group of activists committed to carrying out the plan to improve your community.Volunteer for a group that does work you admire. Every nonprofit or community organisation in your area is probably in need of volunteers and you can volunteer with them if is in the area of your expertise or passion. Donating your time is an excellent way to have a positive effect on your community, and to strengthen your relationships with your fellow community members, too. I advise you start a page on Facebook possibly and do a campaign to drag the attention f people towards it if is something very big and capital intensive. Meet organisations and agencies around for support if needed. Meet the community forum and they can charge the people some amount of money if is not something to large to fix. You can race funds too to help sought this issues out. I advise you take action by implementing the solution. No matter how well you have planned, is the implementation that will make the major difference.
Have a mindset of impact. Do not join the band wagon of complainers around, instead of wasting time complaining, why not sit and think through on how you can make and difference. You might be told by people that thing thing has been and can’t be changed, well them nothing is impossible and change is a constant thing. Move from here today and become an influence and impact maker in your community. Here this, leadership is not about title but about vision and ability to influence resources towards its fulfilment. You can get in touch with me for any advise on community development issues.
“Live and let your footprints be seen on the earth, don’t just exist like many”.