Here at the U.S. Home Office, we’re starting the planning process for our awareness/service project later this year. Our goal is to tell others about the problems of chemicals in our homes and plastic pollution in our environment. We’ll spread the message of the Norwex Movement so our neighbors will be more informed, allowing them to make the best choices for their families. And we want you to Jump IN with us!
In response to my earlier blogs, we’ve heard some unique and innovative ideas about how some of you are already creating awareness in your own neighborhoods. Kudos to you! You’re a wonderful example of the Norwex Movement in action!
We intend to be very transparent, sharing lots of behind-the-scenes peeks at our project, from planning through completion. We’ll provide tips and how-to’s in the hope that, by seeing us in action (and learning from our mistakes), you’ll be inspired to create your own awareness project!
So Let’s Get Started!
It may seem obvious, but one of the first steps in deciding on a project is to determine what you are passionate about. Anything truly worthwhile stems from passion, so it’s important that you take some time to think about what really matters to you. Is it the fact that so many chemicals remain untested for their effects on humans? The enormous amount of plastic polluting our oceans? Or it might be an issue closer to home—perhaps you know someone in need and want to make that need known to others.
As stated, our passion here at Home Office is shedding light on the harmful effects of chemicals in our homes and plastic pollution in our environment.
For you, it might be the same. Or it could be something a little different. It could be one thing, or several. No matter what it is, you should be passionate about it.
Step 1: Brainstorm
If you’re not quite sure what your passion is, the resources section below contains links to some helpful tips for finding out, such as:
Know yourself. Think about what trips your trigger. What makes you laugh? What makes you cry? What makes you angry?
Know your talents. Are you detailed? Logical? Artistic? A good people person? It’s important to know what you can bring to the table. It’s also beneficial to know what you’re NOT good at. This will come in handy later, when it’s time to build your team.
What do you like to do? Think about the kinds of activities you’re comfortable doing. Is it speaking to a group? Working behind the scenes? Soliciting volunteers? Creating flyers or contacting your local media? There is no wrong answer, and every talent is useful.
Step 2: Write it Down
Take notes as you think about your strengths and talents and what you like to do. Write down what you’re good at, as well as what gaps you may have. If you’re into social media, you might want to look at your own Pinterest boards or Facebook page to get an objective look at yourself. Take a few days to compile your notes as things occur to you.
Step 3: Create Your Passion Statement
Review your notes and come up with one sentence that describes your passion. Maybe it’s something like, “I am passionate about helping others understand how chemicals in their homes may be hurting them.” Whatever it is, writing it on paper allows it to sink in and begin to solidify. If it’s a bit broad right now, that’s OK. You can refine it and become more specific as we go forward.
Fast Code Design: Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions
Quora: How do you know if you’ve discovered your passion?
Our Revolution: How to Start an Awareness Campaign for Your Cause
Huffington Post: 7 Tips for Finding Your Passion
Monster: Meet The Woman Driving Sustainability And Corporate Responsibility At Tiffany & Co.