Changing the world starts with one simple act. It starts with one decision. With one new experience. With one new idea. With a stretching of the mind. I can assure you that changing the world is rarely as grandiose, glamorous, or difficult as most people think.

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Changing the world usually has roots in one simple act:

Starting something.

That one simple act leads to stretching your mind.

Oliver Wendell Holmes said:

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

My expanded mind

I’ve only recently begun to develop the philosophy that we are all born to change the world. Six months ago, that seemed preposterous. It seemed childish and perhaps even irresponsible.

But then it hit me…why else would any single person exist?

If we aren’t here to change the world, we are unnecessary.

As that concept developed in me, I began to see myself in that light. I began to see myself as a world-changer. I began to see myself as possessing immeasurable abilities and influence.

And it’s impossible for my mind to return to its previous limited dimensions. Ever.

It only takes one

Shortly after first considering this concept, I received a letter from a reader that read, in part:

Thank you for doing what you do… has been an answer to prayer. I was looking for someone to mentor me before I started reading your blog. Although you are not my true mentor per se, with the wisdom and insight I have received from you, it’s the next best thing. There are a lot of blogs out there and I subscribe to about five of them, but yours has a deeper connection with me.

I pray that you keep doing what you do. You have kept me challenged and you keep me changing, evolving into a better version of me.

That was one of many such notes I received in the weeks immediately following the development of my new philosophy. It was literally as if God was confirming what I now thought was true.

And once I got just a few of those letters or emails, I knew I could never stop. Ever.

I had changed a life…and in doing so, changed the world.

So, yes, I am a world changer. You are, too. We all are.

I write because someone is reading this. I write because someone needs this. I write because it changes the world.

Action item: Expand your mind today. Consider something that you can start or have already started that can change the world. Whatever that thing is, start on it today and don’t ever stop doing it.

What one thing can you do today to change the world?

15 thoughts on “What Everyone Ought to Know About Changing the World

  1. Lily Kreitinger says:

    I’ve been going through a deep process of personal discovery in the past couple of weeks and I have had sort of flashbacks of my life as a child and teen and young adult. Countless times I heard from my parents, from my teachers, my classmates “You can’t do that. That’s impossible. It’s too risky, too dangerous, too expensive. I would never try. Are you sure you want to do that?” Upon graduating from college, I gave up a comfortable government job that was automatically assigned to me because I wanted to change the world and start my own business. 20 years later, I’m starting that process again. Except this time I know I will succeed.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      Love it!

      It’s not an insult to our parents, but I don’t listen to small-minded people. About anything. I have too many others to whom I can listen now.

      1. Lily Kreitinger says:

        I’m realizing that my parents did the best they could with what they had. No one ever told them that changing the world is possible. Thank you for the part you are doing in changing the world and for raising that precious little one to be a world-changer.

      2. Matt McWilliams says:

        Totally true. You just reminded me to write about something. 🙂

  2. Matt, I concur “Thank you for doing what you do” your postings are part of the encouragement that motivates me throughout the week.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      And you do the same for me with notes like this Rich. Thanks!

  3. Jana Botkin says:

    Matt, there is something about your blog that is literally encouraging – in the sense that your blog gives us courage to pursue bigger things than we might attempt on our own. Thank you! In that sense, you are changing the world for the better.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      Thank you Jana! That is the point. Glad it’s working!

    2. Joe Lalonde says:

      Matt’s such a great guy Jana. I’m glad he’s doing what he’s doing and making the world better too!

  4. Jon Stolpe says:

    Do you listen to the Blogging Your Passion podcast? They just talked about this on their most recent podcast. Today, I can listen. Listening to others has the unbelievable ability to change the world.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      I don’t. I tried looking it up but I couldn’t find any recent episodes. Do you have a URL of their most recent?

  5. Joe Lalonde says:

    I can continue to pour into the lives of the many young men and women that come through our youth group’s doors. They’re hungry and wanting. And they’re able to make a difference if led right.

  6. Nancy Heidger Benavides says:

    I help people gain an understanding that not only are they uniquely created but they were created for a unique purpose. It is amazing to see lights go on in people when realize the lifelong dreams they have were given by God to them and they can work toward achieving them. – Philippians 2:13 ESV “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” I have been changing the world for years, one person at a time, starting with me!

    Look at your big dream and break it down into actionable pieces you can start on now. “Step Into Your Dream!”

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