Takeaways on how power blogs innovate:
The status quo requires disruption.
What bugs you about the society you live in? You despise certain characteristics about your culture, and this feeling makes you a normal, engaged citizen. But, you wonder, how can I change this?
To innovate is to make cultural change through disruption and resistance. You innovate when your writing goes against the cultural flow, declaring that change is needed. The more powerful the innovation, the more people are affected.
You have great power for change as a blogger because you have a social voice. You are heard by many people each time you post, and your influence ripples through your community and culture.
You cannot generate positive innovation by chance. Resisting cultural norms in order to change them requires a broad vision, a plan, specific goals, courage, and persistence.
Your innovations will not only make a difference in the world, but the practice will make you a better person and a more influential blogger.
Psychology Today defines the resistance that innovates:
"Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It's a repelling force. It's negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work."
Power blogs resist and innovate to initiate cultural progress, using language and technology to disrupt the status quo, making society better.
Finding the broad vision of your innovation.
To innovate you need big ideas and passion to fuel them. This doesn't come easy, but as you embrace your role as an influencer in your topic area, you will identify norms that you want to resist.
For example, with this website one norm I have identified is a lack of empathy in blogging. This has become my passion, and I write on blogging and empathy frequently.
Pick your battle wisely because you cannot resist everything. That is a move toward antisocial behavior. You have to isolate what you are truly passionate about.
Get things down in writing so you can explore your vision. Seeing sketches and words on the page will help you define your vision clearly.
You have a responsibility to oppose what you see as wrong and unjust:
"If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law."
Designing a plan to change the status quo.
Change requires that you resist opposition, but you will be shut down quickly without a plan. Take a close look at your vision and compare it with the way things are in the present.
Map this out on paper - how to get the change in place based upon where you are in the present. You can only see how to disrupt, resist, and innovate after you have the path mapped out.
This should not be a rigid map, but a flexible one that allows you to meet and overcome the changing opposition to your innovation:
It isn't normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.
Making specific goals for change.
You need goals, both short and long term, to resist effectively. Working with your map, you can add the steps required to get from A to B. This divides up your plan of attack into manageable accomplishments.
Goals also allow you to measure progress which should be a part of your map as well. Once a goal is defined, you can answer "yes" or "no" to whether you have completed it.
Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals.
Finding courage and persistence.
Once you have a complete map with goals, all that remains is to act upon them and endure until your change is in place.
The goals you created will help you persist, as you are reinforced with small changes made real. Use your accomplishments to strengthen your resolve to push on and innovate.
The most essential factor is persistence - the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.
In the end, we are the sum of the changes we have made in life, as an individual and as part of a culture. Taking the easy road, without obstacles leads to misery not happiness.
Create the resistance and effect the change that you see necessary in the world by kicking the box to the curb and blogging outside. Harness your freedom to make a better future.
Enjoy a song of resistance by the band Papa Roach [explicit], and find your own songs to fuel your fire of movement.
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