Becoming Influential Agents of Change

How do we become influential agents of change?

Some time ago, I was reading about Martin Luther King Jr. He indeed became a prominent and iconic leader in the Civil Rights Movement at a young age. Born on January 15, 1929, he was an influential figure in the fight against racial segregation and discrimination in the United States.

At the age of 26, Martin Luther King Jr. rose to prominence during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955-1956. The boycott was a response to Rosa Parks’ arrest on December 1, 1955, after she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white passenger. This incident sparked a mass protest, and Martin Luther King Jr. played a crucial role in organizing and leading the boycott, which ultimately led to a Supreme Court ruling declaring racial segregation on buses unconstitutional.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and used his platform at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, to advocate for civil rights and equality. He was a driving force behind many nonviolent protests and demonstrations throughout the 1950s and 1960s, working towards desegregation and equal rights for African Americans in the United States.

This leads me to a point from Dr Myles Munroe that there are 4 types of people in the world:

  1. There are those who watch things happen.
  2. Those who let things happen.
  3. Those who ask, “What happened”?
  4. Those who make things happen.

Leaders Who Make Things Happen

Leaders who make things happen will always control the world and your life. Whoever initiates change controls your destiny. If you do not decide what happens, someone else will. In fact, there is a saying, If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

Throughout history, these proactive leaders like MLK have left an indelible mark on the course of human affairs, inspiring change, and transforming lives. Their stories serve as beacons of hope and remind us that we, too, have the ability to shape our destinies and make a lasting impact on the world around us.

Proactive leaders are not content with sitting on the sidelines, merely observing the state of affairs. They embody determination, resilience, and a hunger for progress. Instead of waiting for opportunities to come their way, they create opportunities, taking calculated risks, and daring to challenge the status quo. They have a vision for a better future and inspire others to join them in their pursuit of change.

Proverbs 28:19 – “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill in poverty.”

This verse typically means that if you don’t work diligently or utilize your gifts, you may find yourself living in poverty. Instead of dwelling on the losses of your past, it’s essential to rise up and take action. If you desire to change your circumstances, you need to take charge of your surroundings. In other words, if you want to see a change, you have to be the one to initiate it.

One of the challenges we face in modern-day society is our tendency to sit back and wait for change to happen, allowing others to take the lead and make decisions for us. Often, these changes aren’t aligned with what we truly desire, leaving us feeling frustrated and unhappy. However, we must ask ourselves, where were we when we allowed someone else to make these changes on our behalf? If we don’t step up and initiate the change we want, others will do it for us. Therefore, it’s crucial to become the change we wish to see in the world.

Leadership Principle of Making Things Happen

If you are to become an influential leader, you cannot afford to let anyone or any system change our lives, we should take charge of our lives.

The Principle of Making Things Happen is about taking personal responsibility for your life and actively shaping your future rather than being passive and letting external factors dictate the course of life. It emphasizes the importance of being proactive, driven, and intentional in pursuing one’s goals and dreams.

8 Leadership Principles of Making Things Happen.

  1. Personal Responsibility: At the core of this principle is the idea of personal responsibility. It means acknowledging that we are the architects of our lives and that we have the power to create the life we desire. Instead of blaming external circumstances, influential leaders take ownership of their actions, decisions, and outcomes.
  2. Proactivity: Rather than waiting for opportunities to come their way, influential leaders proactively seek out and create opportunities. They don’t just react to situations; they take the initiative to shape the situations themselves. Proactivity involves being forward-thinking, anticipating challenges, and taking preemptive action.
  3. Self-Determination: An influential leader is determined and driven to achieve their goals. They have a clear vision of what they want to accomplish and are relentless in their pursuit. They don’t let setbacks or obstacles deter them; instead, they view challenges as opportunities for growth and learning.
  4. Resilience: Making things happen requires resilience—the ability to bounce back from failures and setbacks. Influential leaders understand that not everything will go according to plan, but they persevere through challenges and stay committed to their objectives.
  5. Adaptability: While influential leaders are determined, they are also adaptable. They understand that the path to success may require adjustments and flexibility. They are open to change and continuously seek new approaches to achieve their goals.
  6. Leadership and Influence: The principle also highlights the importance of leadership and influence. By taking charge of their lives and demonstrating a proactive attitude, influential leaders inspire others to do the same. They lead by example and motivate those around them to take responsibility for their own lives.
  7. Mindset Shift: Embracing the principle of making things happen requires a mindset shift. It involves moving from a passive mindset, where things happen to us, to an active mindset, where we make things happen. This shift empowers individuals to break free from limiting beliefs and take bold actions.
  8. Continuous Improvement: Influential leaders recognize that personal growth and development are ongoing processes. They are committed to continuous improvement, seeking knowledge, and honing their skills to become more effective in making things happen.

Today, do not wait to be commissioned, commission yourself and take charge, for it is by taking charge that we discover the true successes of life. As a leader do not wait to be called or invited to speak, build your own stage.

John 17:15 – “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world, but that you may protect them from the evil one. As you have sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”

Commission yourself: Write down something which you will start. Do not take too much time to plan, but make sure you make a plan because planning will make you control change.

  • Start something – Go, become the agent of change.
  • Start a message ministry – get 50 email and phone numbers and send motivational messages every morning.
  • Start a monthly charity group – start by saving 3% of your monthly earnings and give it to the needy.
  • Start a mission to empower single mothers and fathers.

Today, start a revolution; work on it 2 hours a day. It is small leadership strategies for change that will change the nation, city, or generation.

Mark 16:15 – “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’”

John 15:16 – “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”

By taking charge and acting upon your commission, you are fulfilling a greater purpose and making a positive impact in the lives of others. Remember, the actions you take today, no matter how small, can lead to transformative change in the future.

Commission yourself, take charge, and be the change you want to see in the world. Today is the day to begin your journey of making a lasting difference.

4 things that will determine how influential you will be as an agent of change in the next 5 years.

  • You have faith and Action.
  • You adopt change as it comes.
  • You have a vision.
  • You act on the vision.

Final Thoughts on Becoming Influential Agents of Change

  1. “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
  2. “Leaders who make things happen will always control the world and your life. Whoever initiates change controls your destiny. If you do not decide what happens, someone else will.”
  3. “It is by small leadership strategies for change that will change the nation, city, or a generation.”

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