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 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.
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 opposite – love, 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
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Be Bold. Be Daring. Be AWE-dacious!
We Need You! Calling all Change-MakHers…
- July 10, 2019
- Lis Williams
Our World Needs ChangemakHers Like You!
Uncle Sam used the phrase, “We Need You” when recruiting for the military, but I’d like to re-purpose this phrase at this critical time on the planet and invite you to focus not on fighting a war, but on creating peace as a “Change-MakHer”.
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. 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?
Be sure to join my Facebook Group called Business Women Giving Back if you haven’t already. And be on the lookout for new programming in early 2021 including my 7 Pillars of Women’s Re-Powerment and AWE-thentic Impact Circles.
Let’s co-create the better world we know is possible!
Be Bold. Be Daring. Be AWE-dacious!