3 Action Steps Students Must Take To Create a Legacy
Posted By: Shauntae Jordan on January 17, 2012 |
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of destiny, an apostle of peace who had risen to the lofty heights of spiritual awareness, a towering hero and historical role model whose mission in life was to serve others, one of only a few genuine prophets produced by Western Civilization. His wisdom, words, commitment, deeds and dreams for a new cast of life were intertwined with the noblest of human aspirations; there is nothing in his life that was not joyous, and full of hope. He was a charismatic figure who attracted people by the magnificence of his concepts, and the brilliance of his insights.
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On yesterday many banks, organizations, and government facilities were closed to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King led the march on Washington in 1963 and is known for his speech “I Have a Dream”, which is one the finest addresses ever delivered to a public audience. Dr. King gave black and poor people a new sense of worth and dignity. His philosophy and approach was of non-violet direct action and non-destructive change. We must draw inspiration from the life and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a visionary whose commitment remains unparalleled in modern America. His dream lives on even after his death!
As a student you must activate your dreams. Begin to create a legacy that will live on even after your death. Dr. King did not daydream about his tomorrow, instead he created his tomorrow. It was not his speech that made him famous alone, but his actions, diligence, and persistence that created his legacy. It is not enough for you to dream about your purpose, it is important for you to take action and deliver. The time is now for you to create, lead, and do. What are you doing to develop your dreams and become a legacy?
Check Out 3 Action Steps Students Must Take To Create a Legacy.
1. Decide to stand for something: “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything” –Malcolm X. When you stand for a cause, a dream, or your purpose it may very well be the loneliest time of your life. There will be a constant uproar of people telling you that you can’t, you shouldn’t, and it will not happen. To manifest your dreams and visions it will require you to be different and not always follow the crowd. You may feel as though you are losing a lot of friends or material well-being. It is okay because you are working towards your destiny and it may require you to rid of those things that do not align with your purpose.
2. Develop a clear vision and mission statement for your life.
What are you doing? Where are you going? Who are you helping? If you don’t have a reason or a purpose you will forever be on an endless search for nothing. When you have a vision you are able to know exactly where and what you want to do.
Mission and Vision Statement of Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Project
To commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by leading a collaborative funding, design, and construction process in the creation of a memorial to honor his national and international contributions to world peace through non-**** social change.
Dr. King championed a movement that draws fully from the deep well of America's potential for freedom, opportunity, and justice. His vision of America is captured in his message of hope and possibility for a future anchored in dignity, sensitivity, and mutual respect; a message that challenges each of us to recognize that America's true strength lies in its diversity of talents. The vision of a memorial in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. is one that captures the essence of his message, a message in which he so eloquently affirms the commanding tenants of the American Dream — Freedom, Democracy and Opportunity for All; a noble quest that gained him the Nobel Peace Prize and one that continues to influence people and societies throughout the world. Upon reflection, we are reminded that Dr. King's lifelong dedication to the idea of achieving human dignity through global relationships of well-being has served to instill a broader and deeper sense of duty within each of us— a duty to be both responsible citizens and conscientious stewards of freedom and democracy.
Source: National Memorial Project Foundation
3. Declare your philosophy: Once you change your philosophy, you change your thought pattern. Once you change your thought pattern, you change your — your attitude. Once you change your attitude, it changes your behavior pattern and then you go on into some action. As long as you gotta sit-down philosophy, you’ll have a sit-down thought pattern, and as long as you think that old sit-down thought you’ll be in some kind of sit-down action. – Malcolm X Ballot of 1964
These action steps are necessary to fully impact others, fulfill your commitments, and forever be a legacy. If you are a student, parent, educator, or anyone who wants to become the driver of your success check out Shauntae M. Jordan, MBA to gain additional tools and tips at www.smjspeaks.com.
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