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Is Anger an Effective Tool for Social Impact?

  • August 1, 2019
  • Lis Williams

😡Anger. Divisiveness. Name calling. Bullying.   It Seems Like Anger is Everywhere Today Sound familiar? It does if... Continue Reading

😡Anger. Divisiveness. Name calling. Bullying.

 

It Seems Like Anger is Everywhere Today

Sound familiar? It does if you ever turn on the news or follow social media (and who of us doesn’t?). It’s pretty much everywhere. Or so it seems.

And understandably so! There’s a lot to be angry about when almost weekly we learn of yet another abhorrent incident that would make even the most grounded folks feel enraged. It leaves us wondering:

 

What is wrong with people??

How can this be happening??

Why isn’t anyone doing anything to stop it??

 

Is Anger Working? Can It Drive Social Impact?

So if you feel yourself being drawn into the darkness (and you’re not alone!), I want to propose a better way forward. Ask yourself this question, “Is anger working for me?”

The even better question might be: Is anger working in our world?

What do I mean?

We often think of there being two types of emotions…the good and the bad. The good ones are things like love, peace, joy, happiness. We all know the “bad” ones: anger, rage, shame, guilt, resentment.

In truth, emotions aren’t good or bad. They just are – and we experience a full range of emotions if we’re alive and aware.

It’s not healthy to just express the “good” emotions while stuffing down the “bad” ones. This leads to mental and physical illness. But we’re not meant to get stuck in our emotions, either. We need to feel them, let them move through us, and release them.

 

Why Anger is Not an Effective Tool for Social Impact

I would submit that what we’re seeing today in our world is a lot of unhealthy and “stuck” emotions. Wounds that have never healed. Children who have never grown up. And, sadly, many of those in leadership positions are struggling with this.

So is jumping on their bandwagon really the best solution for us personally? Not for me!

Why not? Because in my experience, anger is not an effective tool for social impact. Or, frankly, for anything productive. Anger is just another form of fear. It gets in the way of finding solutions, of being light in the darkness.

And this energy of anger, of fear, of darkness explodes out into the world in rage, violence, and war.

 

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Changemakers Know the Secret to Overcoming Anger

If we want to be effective as change-makers, philanthropists, humanitarians – as human beings – anger is not the answer. Why not? Because anger cannot be overcome by anger.

The secret to overcoming anger is by expressing the oppositelove, compassion, tolerance, and patience. 💜

It doesn’t help for us to be drawn into the darkness. It doesn’t help for us to be hating on people who believe differently than we do.

To be effective, we need to show up differently. And we can!

 

Let anger be the spark that leads to inspired action.

It’s not so much what you’re against – it’s what you’re for.

Let peace be the path you take to impact. If we create our reality – then let’s create the peaceful world we dream of.

This is why at AWE Partners, we recognize that the inner work is as important – and even more important – than the outer, if we want to make our AWE-thentic Impact. When we do the inner work of healing our anger, grief, trauma, and feelings of separation, we can then be open to the inner wisdom of the authentic self which lies at our core.

The result is more clarity, guidance, and authentic personal power. Now, we can confidently take action from a place of love, compassion, and balance, rather than coming out fighting.

 

Small Steps to BIG Impact

Want to learn more about our AWE-Inspiring approach for inner and outer transformation? Now you can! Best of all, you can do it at your own pace, from the comfort of your home, with my guidance and support along the journey.

On September 5th, I launch the first of its kind on-line course for heart-centered, mission-driven change agents. My step by step process will teach you how to:

  • Own your magnificence
  • Identify your unique gifts and talents to share
  • Choose the cause you’re meant to support
  • Find the most effective organizations to align yourself with
  • Incorporate social enterprise principles into your business

Want to learn more? Join me for a FREE live webinar series debuting August 20th, where you’ll get a taste of what I teach in the course and learn how you can take advantage of our premier pricing offer that you won’t want to miss.

 

Register for FREE right here! Can’t attend the live webinars? No worries, we’ve gotcha covered! You’ll get access to listen to the replays at your convenience anytime, anywhere.

 

Know someone else who’s ready to make a difference in the world and leave their legacy? Please spread the word and share this link. I look forward to seeing you on the webinars!

 

Be Bold. Be Daring. Be AWE-dacious!

Lis

We Need You! Calling all Change-Makers…

  • July 10, 2019
  • Lis Williams

July 4th is Independence Day in the United States. And it’s my birthday! Yes, each year we decorate... Continue Reading

July 4th is Independence Day in the United States. And it’s my birthday! Yes, each year we decorate my flag cake with blueberries for the stars and strawberries for the stripes…yum! My mom even used sparklers instead of candles when I was young. (That was before sparklers were considered dangerous. Oh, the good old days…)

 

Our World Needs Changemakers Like You!

But enough about me…let’s talk about you! Uncle Sam used the phrase, “We Need You” when recruiting for the military, but I’d like to re-purpose this phrase and invite you to focus not on fighting a war, but on creating peace as a “Change-Maker”.

Changemaker is a term coined by the social entrepreneurship organization, Ashoka, meaning one who desires change in the world and, by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change happen.

Yes, ma’am! That sounds like something we could use more of right about now, doesn’t it? And since you’re reading this, I know you’re either already a change-maker or you desire to become one. So, I want to do everything I can to support you on your journey.

 

A Rising Consciousness Around Social Change

There is a rising consciousness around social change with more and more women embracing their power to effect change through decisions in how they invest, shop, and give. (I think Rosie the Riveter would be proud of us for using our muscle for the betterment of society – don’t you?)

It’s now possible to choose a cause that is near and dear to your heart and support finding solutions by intentionally using your wealth for good. And it’s not just happening in our personal lives.

Socially conscious entrepreneurs and executives are using their business as a platform to amplify their impact by involving their team members and clients in the effort. They realize now that they can use their business as a vehicle for compassionate, loving service in the world.

Are you as excited about this as I am? I hope so!

Why I LOVE Social Enterprises – and You Should, Too!

I LOVE social enterprises and honestly believe that every business should strive to be one.  Yes, I get that public corporations have a duty to increase shareholder value. But don’t you think every business should care about not just profit but purpose as well?

Imagine the paradigm shift that would occur if this were our reality. Really think about this for just a minute. I believe we’re ready to begin making that shift and that women will play a critical role.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE = PROFIT + PEOPLE + PLANET

Are my recruiting tactics working?

Are you ready to join a powerful Movement Towards Meaning?

Great! Now what?!

 

INVEST, SHOP, GIVE to Create a Social Impact

All you have to do to get started is sign on the dotted line (just kidding, of course!).

Click below and here’s what you’ll get…access to a FREE 4-part webinar series called:

Invest – Shop – Give: Use the Power of Your Dollars to Change the World!

 

Claim your free spot here!

 

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the topics I’m covering:

  • Discover why it’s vital to unleash your personal financial empowerment
  • Get clear on the must-know fundamentals of impact investing
  • Learn how your everyday purchases have the power to change the world
  • Give to grow your business – while expanding your social impact
  • Ways to inspire others to be enthusiastic and get involved in your efforts

The series is FREE and will be held LIVE with plenty of time to ask me questions about all things social impact.

Can’t attend the live webinars? No worries! We’ll send you the recordings so you can tune in whenever your busy schedule allows.

You don’t want to miss this, so grab your spot now and join fellow Change-Makers on the path to creating a better world for all. Together, we’re unstoppable! Can’t wait to see you there!

 

WE NEED YOU! >>>  Register free here.

 

P.S.  Did you know? Chocolate and coffee aren’t just some of our fav foods – they have the potential to change lives. Yes, really!

In the webinar series, I’ll tell you how in my Top 10 Favorite Ways to Shop for Impact and more! Share this link with your friends and colleagues so they can join us, too!

 

Be Bold. Be Daring. Be AWE-dacious!

Lis