Whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert, you can learn to engage in the issues that concern you in meaningful and successful ways. Since it’s natural for fear or frustration to be barriers to getting involved, Noah Miterko, Grassroots Organizer for HEAL Utah, has shared how to overcome the 5 of the biggest fears of becoming a citizen activist. Want to learn more? Join Noah in his Lifelong Learning class Owning Citizen Activism, beginning on June 5th. Click here for more details and to enroll.
Fear #1 – Nothing will change
OVERCOME THIS FEAR BY ACCEPTING THAT: Change comes from action, not wishing or complaining. The only way to ensure movement on the issue you care about is to take action.
Fear #2 – It’s too big
OVERCOME THIS FEAR BY REMEMBERING TO: Connect with others in your network, and use the tools at your disposal to expand. You’ll soon find that many other people care about the same issue as you and through collective effort and action, you’ll be on your way to making real change at the local level.
Fear #3 – I don’t know where to begin
OVERCOME THIS FEAR WHEN YOU: Start where you are. Set small and reasonable goals and you will find yourself on the way to momentum for bigger accomplishments. You’ll soon find that your closer to moving the needle on your issue than you ever could have imagined.
Fear #4 – I’m new to activism
OVERCOME THIS FEAR BY KNOWING: There are a few basic ways to introduce yourself to effective activism. 1) Know your issue, 2) know how government works, 3) find allies, 4) get the word out, and 5) set reasonable goals.
Fear #5 – I don’t know how to organize
OVERCOME THIS FEAR BY REALIZING: There are many ways to activate and organize, whether that is getting involved in a group already working on your issue, talking with your faith-based group, family, friends, and other groups who share your concern. Organizing is all about community.