Want to change the world? - Sage B. Hobbs

Did you ever want to change the world?  

When I was eleven years old I was dancing with hundreds of people at 2:00 in the morning… at a 24 hour dance-a-thon to raise money for the Philadelphia Youth at Risk Program.  My parents were avid supporters of this organization.  When you’re a kid, it’s pretty powerful to feel like you can actually DO something.

Shortly after, I went with my dad to volunteer at an intensive life-breakthrough program in the mountains, where I helped set up the belay equipment for adults to traverse a ravine… and transform their fears.

Then there was the black tie gala in New York City for The Hunger Project, with speakers from all over the world.  I was one of the few lucky teens in attendance.

I was hooked.  I wanted to change the world.  I wanted to help, to support, to encourage, to believe in true possibility.


That youthful optimism is beautiful, and deeply inspiring.  It’s one of the reasons I love hanging out with kids and teens.

And in my work I strive to bring it out in myself and my clients.  To bring out that part of us that knows our lives matter.  It doesn’t have to be grandiose, and we’re not all going to be famous.

But some of us will be.  And why couldn’t it be you?  Why couldn’t you write that book?  Speak on that stage?  Start that initiative?

I had two coaching calls back-to-back yesterday with amazing and inspiring women. They’re up to big, beautiful things… writing a novel, raising a family, creating sustainable climate solutions and strategic partnerships.

At the end of one of the calls, my client asked me for ideas on how to support a high-level spiritual leader through my style of coaching.  That little girl inside of me was raising her hand.  I was back to the dance-a-thon and the ballroom full of people committed to ending hunger on the planet.  Yeah, let’s do it, was pulsing within me.

So, ask yourself, what part of you still wants to do that “thing?”  Make a difference.  Put your creativity out there.  Change the world.  Get your mojo on.

Again, why not YOU?  

You are extraordinary.  You are badass.  You are brilliant.

Now, I’m a realist.  I’m never going to be Beyonce (don’t have the voice or the body).  But, that’s cool.  There IS a way for you to use this life powerfully.

A friend of mine, a stay-at-home mom of four, is a passionate supporter of the homeless in our community.  She volunteers regularly to cook for the overflow shelters.  She knows the ins-and-outs of the services available, and more importantly, she knows the people in this overlooked community as people.  As human beings.  She has no aspirations of fame, but she has a desire to make a difference.  Hell yeah.

None of this is to overwhelm you, or to have it feel daunting. It’s the opposite.

I want you to pause.  To be still for a moment, and consider how you’d like to use your time to leave your mark?  How you’d like to change the world for the better. Big or not so big.   Anything is fine.  

Feel the excitement of that possibility… and then take a step toward it.  It could be a bold step, like applying for a new job or reaching out to someone you admire.  Or a more manageable step, like opening up the manuscript you’ve placed on hold for months (or years) and writing a few lines.  

No judgement.  Just inspired action to be the extraordinary person you are.

Want to change the world?  Awesome.  Go do it.

In the comments below, I’d love to hear what YOU want to do to change the world, no matter how big or small.

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