The word “rebel” has negative connotations. When we hear it, our minds may conjure up negative words and images - disruptive, irreverent, in-your-face attitude, protest, fists raised in defiance, and so on... However, it can also evoke positive words and images - visionary, passionate, focused, motivated, determined, persistent, vocal and articulate. It is positive words and images like these that underscore the essence of a rebel, a rebel with a cause. Go ahead, adopt a cause and be the rebel it needs. Just stay on the positive side of what and who a rebel is - knowledgeable, articulate, focused, determined, and passionate.
Identify your cause.
You may choose your own cause - one that stems from a personal experience, an issue, a deficiency or a problem in your community, the society or the world. On the other hand, you may connect with someone else’s cause on such a level that you decide to join them in its set-up, administration, promotion and the orchestration of its mission and goals. In any case, choose your cause carefully. Arm yourself with the necessary information (mission, goals, rules and regulations, policies, processes and protocol), so that you don’t fumble when you have to promote your cause or answer questions. Assume specific responsibilities and goals that are a good match to your personality, experiences, abilities and skills. Draft immediate and long-ranged action plans and set reasonable deadlines.
Recruit like-minded rebels. While you may applaud the people who have fought for their cause alone, don’t shy away from asking for help. Seek out like-minded and passionate people who are willing to be rebels along with you. Make recruitment part of your daily agenda. Look for people who may be quietly harbouring a similar or related sentiment, vision, passion. Pinpoint areas where you could apply their knowledge, experience and skills. Ask them to join you in your cause and listen to their ideas. You will need advisors to help you (a) manage your administrative tasks (b) become and remain financially stable, (c) market and achieve your goals. Because there is strength in numbers, they will help to broaden the vision, sharpen your focus and double the energy, information and resource base.
Fraternise with supporters.
Regardless how many people may join you in the establishment, promotion, management and maintenance of your cause, you will always need people on the ground to support you, especially when times are difficult. Family members, friends and even strangers may not get involved directly, but they will stand on the sidelines and cheer you on. Keep them up-to-date with what’s happening and any new plans you want to implement. In the dark days, they will remind you of your vision and past achievements and they will inspire you keep going.
Rebel against sameness and mindlessness: You may identify with some else’s cause and join their band of rebels. Nevertheless, don’t simply follow them blindly, mindlessly reiterating the words they use to expound their mission and vision. Even as you hold to the tenets of the cause, coin your own version, particularly for casual occasions and deliver it with all the conviction and passion you can muster. Rebel against negativity: You will encounter negativity within (gnawing thoughts and fears that discourage you, as well as external detractors and naysayers with their doomsday scenarios. Whatever cause you adopt, make sure you can articulate its mission. Use every opportunity to fine-tune it, spotlight it and achieve its success. Surround yourself with people who share your vision and keep in touch with your supporters on the sidelines. Are you a rebel, a rebel with a cause?
Cheryl Wright is a writer and editor. Her essays, feature articles and columns have been published online and in print since 1998. She edits personal and business documents and content for print and online publications.
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