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1. Decide to lead


Choose one thing you want to change.

Tell a friend: “I decide . . . . “ . (Use the present tense)

Let yourself discharge and say whatever thoughts/memories come to mind.


At some point you will start thinking of specific steps you need to take.


” Telling your decision is important even if you have made it a long time ago.

Communicating your decision will bring your 'stuff' to the surface for discharge.


It doesn’t seem to depend on the scope of the decision

(“I decide to never yell at my children again” or “ I decide to end racism in my city.”)


Making a decision contradicts the powerlessness and insignificance recordings

that are installed on us as young people.


A “decision” is different than a “direction”.



2. Allocate resources wisely


Figure out how to use your time and energy well.

Use your wisdom and intelligence. Discharge will help.

It is difficult to know when to say no, to refuse to help. It is also simple.

When I asked Harvey, “How do you know what to do?” he answered,

“At any moment you do what makes sense.”


You will be pulled in different directions. The more you discharge the more people want your attention.

This makes it challenging, because we never expected to be leaders.

We are pleased to be wanted.

It is important to check whether your actions are consistent with your long-range goals.


Be sure to build strong PC communities. It is important (necessary if we want to change the world)

to lead within PC and in the wider world.

Infuse the power of PC into your wide world work.



3. Build alliances


Build close, honest relationships with others - especially with people who are different from you.

No one person has enough understanding to do this work in isolation.

We fall into the trap of generalizing from our own limited experience.

Listen to the many different stories from other backgrounds (class, etc.).

Don't generalize from listening to one person of a different background than yours.



4. Seek unity Make friends.


Where do you agree? What do you both want to do to make the world better place for people?

Work to increase understanding.

Center your efforts on a progressive policy and program (e.g. ending war, hunger, poverty, child abuse),

rather than painful emotion. (e.g. burning the US embassy.)

Learn about what will bring about the political change that you want to see.



5. Identify new leaders and support their development.


There is a great need for leaders. No one person has enough time, energy or a wide enough perspective

to bring about the transformation of society.

It is particularly beneficial and necessary to support leaders who have different backgrounds

and identities then yourself. This requires you to identify areas of unawareness in yourself

and to learn from their perspectives.


6. Distinguish between tactics and strategies.


A tactic is an attempt to improve a particular situation, e.g. elect a particular person to office, call a strike,

stop a development that will pollute a river.

These are important struggles.

Choose ones that you can win and use them to make friends, build confidence, organize, and learn.


But don’t confuse tactics with overall strategy.

You can lose a particular battle, but the struggle can still be useful in developing a larger strategy

to transform society. Strategies are long range.

They depend on organization, discharge, and building unity.

Organize, organize, organize! Building strong RC communities is organizing for WWC!



7. Prepare yourself to handle attacks effectively


Attacks and diversions are often initiated by privileged groups or individuals

who feel uneasy and threatened by change

— particularly change that will promote a more just society,

or by people who use attacks in order to get attention for themselves,

feel important, or to compensate for being silenced by their parents

and other authority (religious or educational, for example).


Attacks are attempts to decrease the effectiveness of a person or a group.


Individuals who are attacked by vehement criticism and threats may become

afraid or silenced — or be so distracted or confused by the attacks

that they function less effectively.


People seeing someone else attacked may also be afraid to speak out.

People also attack groups in an attempt to undermine their ability

to implement more equitable policies and practices.


Rumors and innuendos about sex, money, or motives are often used.



8. Get enough exercise, rest, discharge, and play. Have fun.


If you are exhausted and stressed you cannot have fun and you cannot lead effectively


if you are not enjoying it. Distinguish between worry and productive work.

They are different phenomena.



9. Choose to be hopeful – and communicate hopefulness to others.


Many young people are inundated with messages that they cannot make a difference.

That and their confusion about the irrationality they see in the world (war, poverty, abuse, oppression, etc.)

creates patterns of apathy and hopelessness which some people try to disguise as apathy or cynicism.


There is good reason to be hopeful.

And communicating hopefulness to others will help build a community of wide world changers around you.



10. Don’t seek perfection!


You will fail.

You can’t be perfect, but you can be effective.

Attempts at perfection come from childhood distress, for example recordings such as,

“If I were perfect, my father would approve of me.”




Julian Weissglass

(revised May 2005)








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