Over the past seven weeks, I have been giving a few “Pro Tips” with each blog I was writing. I have used these tips to help me get involved with the community and with the organizations and causes that mean the most to me.
So before we start to dive into specific organizations and give you a taste of what is out in the Dayton community, let’s do a quick recap of what we have talked about so far.
Pro Tip #1 - Fear is a necessity for advancement
Being uncomfortable pushes you to get outside your bubble and experience new situations. When your fear is not present, you have the possibility of becoming set in your ways, following the same routine and becoming stagnant to the world. Don’t sit idle; let the fear motivate you to overcome and push to new levels.
Pro Tip #2 - The smallest changes are the most impactful
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” - MLK. We don’t have to set out on a daily basis to do massive projects in one day. Work on the little things first and the bigger things will fall into place.
Pro Tip #3 - Redefine your thought process, and be UNIQUE
Stop looking at problems in the same way you have always viewed them. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. Step outside your normal thought process and see what might happen.
Pro Tip #4 - Identify your passions before you take action
It is easy to say yes to everything and be a part of a million and one different things. The problem with this approach is that you are unable to give the same level of commitment to everything. Define what you are passionate about and give your all to a few rather than many. You can expand your reach over time.
Pro Tip #5 - Take the Leap of Faith and see what happens
Just like Indiana Jones did in the “Last Crusade,” sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith and see what happens. You will never know the outcome of many situations if you don’t take that chance. It is hard to go down a path unseen, but in the end, what you weren't able to see is the most visible.
Pro Tip #6 - Have an attitude of gratitude
So many times we get caught up in the idea that when we have the opportunity to experience something new, it has to be better. Not necessarily. Take a second and do a quick inventory of what you have in your life and be grateful for those things.
Pro Tip #7 - You are not going to change the world overnight
Having a marathon mentality over a sprint mentality is a great thing. Most of the time things can be cumbersome and frustrating, but keep in mind that you are running a longer race and will eventually get to what you need.
I have been writing Socially Savvy blogs for seven weeks now, and have shared and the seven tips that have meant the most to me over the course of my three years of community involvement. Next, I will begin to give you a glimpse into some of the organizations that are out there and how you can get involved and start making an impact for the better.