Rally Cries And Revolutions

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You’re angry. Beaten down.

Unappreciated and underpaid.

Hamstrung by the powers that be.

Taken advantage of. And you’ve reached a breaking point.

The status quo is causing pain and it must go.

Change has become a moral imperative. Time to rally the forces.

To tear it down. Move away from the current paradigm.

Away from tyranny, oppression, inequality.

Away from ignorance, negligence, malevolence.

Away from disrespect, injustice, intolerance

Away from lies, deceit, defeat.

Away, away, away.

Problem is…

“Away from” is a rally cry, but it’s not an organizing principle.

It’s about tearing down, not building up.

Away from is an incendiary device. But what will you build once the the bastards have fallen and and the wall has tumbled? Once you’re free of your cage? And how? With whom? Toward what end?

What rules, ethics and constructs will guide you? What new reality will you create? What principles and structures will guide the reconstruction? What better resolutions, outcomes, experiences will you leave in your wake of righteous destruction?

“Away from” can start a revolution, but only “toward” can finish it. Click to tweet

So, my question is not “what do you want to tear down?”

But rather, “what will you build in it’s place?”

What are you moving toward?

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24 responses

24 responses to “Rally Cries And Revolutions”

  1. Marc Winn says:

    This rocks. It is so where I am right now. Time for action…

  2. Jonathan,

    This part is very timely and I appreciate it very much.

    So, my question is not “what do you want to tear down?”

    But rather, “what will you build in it’s place?”

    What are you moving toward?

  3. Tearing down illusions reveals truths, if you’re willing to see them.

  4. Hi Jonathan,

    What interesting timing! I’m right smack dab in the middle of my Q1 review and feeling very discouraged. Thanks for reminding me to look carefully at what I’ve moved *toward* over the first three months of 2013 and to think carefully about I want to aim for in Q2.

    With love and gratitude,

  5. YES! Perfectly articulated!

    It’s not enough to blow everything up. The best thing about knowing what we want to get away from is the information we can gain: What do you we want instead? Peace? Prosperity? Joy? Fun? What is it that we want instead of the stuff we don’t?

    We’ll never arrive if we keep focusing on the toxic quagmire.

    Love and hugs Johnathan! Thank you,


  6. Hi Jonathan,

    I love the way you boost us up and encourage us to move forward.

    Tearing down only leaves destruction. Who can thrive in that kind of environment. You’re so right that it’s what we put in place that makes all the difference.

    I’m tearing down the fears aspiring authors face and offering my companionship on their publishing journeys.

  7. Alison says:

    Hi Jonathan,this is spot-on for me. I felt every one of those emotions in my corporate career. In fact, I wrote myself a letter detailing all the reasons I was leaving, so that if I were ever tempted to return, I wouldn’t. I’ve made the leap to my own business. It is not a wild success yet, but I know I made the right decision. You are correct that “away from” is not a business plan. In my case, I knew what I wanted to do and had the skills to do it. That clarity helps gets me through the slow times.

  8. David Ross says:

    Once again you hit the nail on the head Jonathan. Tearing down is the easy part. It is really easy – and comfortable – to say ‘No!’ No more to this thing that insults my spirit. No to the past. It takes a leap of faith to take the ‘No’ to a ‘Yes to this new vision’ Yet without that leap how cam we truly live and feel alive? Dwelling on what doesn’t work keeps giving it the power of our attention. It takes courage to create a vision of the future and step into that vision. But that’s where we are most alive; its worth the leap.

  9. Melanie says:

    I had to read three times! Away is a natural instinct, but towards sounds like a realistic, better solution & resolution to achieving & receiving! So toward I go!!
    Thanks for this Jonathan!!

  10. Kevin Riedel says:

    Three weeks ago, the corporate monster spit me out like a piece of old, flavorless gum.

    No need for me to tear anything down.

    So now I’m forced to rebuild. And that’s a good thing.

    I’m working on building a new life. One that doesn’t require an alarm clock to wake me up ever day. One that doesn’t require business casual clothing.

    I’m going to go at it on my own. I’m building a tribe. And I’m going to give them content they want. Content they ask for. Content they enjoy.

    It’s not going to be easy. Or even glamourous. But it’s going to be on my terms.

    I’m going to do it by staying focused. I’m going to persevere and reach my potential.

    Others have done it and I’m going to learn from them.

    Every day is a new day. Every day is my day… I can do this.

  11. John says:

    Perfect timing. We all have legitimate excuses and complaints for the way things are. But it’s the questions that we ask ourselves that get us to act. You don’t ask why, you ask how. As you stated in your “Living Creed” If you won’t read the story you’re telling, write a different ending. Today’s blog challenges us to get moving on writing that different ending. Not having a plan in place for when those walls come down only commits you to complain about the walls coming down.

  12. Eva Papp says:

    If everyone started where they were, and built with their passions toward what was universally true – with service to each other being the very first truth – I believe the new structures would appear. And they would be right, and they would be beautiful.

  13. I’m moving toward compassion and understanding. Of my self. Until I can deconstruct my soul, I can’t reconstruct my future. There has been a lot of destruction in the past 10 years or so. I’m moving toward leading those of us who are now coming into the “real” world with a different plan.

    Thanks for the rallying cry.

  14. I’m moving towards not settling into the comfort of the regular paycheck. I’m moving towards a disciplined schedule of creation and connecting, not consuming and waiting. I’m moving towards making something that is mine, and true, and beautiful, not just absorbing everyone else’s good works. Because that’s not enough.
    I’m moving towards living.

  15. I know exactly what I’m going to build… this post served as a very timely reminder to put all the details in place.. so I can get those walls torn down and move onto creating this thing I think I can do which could completely change the world 🙂 the really funny thing is I;m serious 🙂 thanks again Jonathan… your posts have been with em every step of the journey and really helped my figure things out…

  16. Matt says:

    Yeah Jonathan, you have no idea how many times in my “younger” days I would want to run away from the way things were rather than toward something better. I think when you’re focused on running away from something and ripping things up, you’re really focused on the problem rather than the solution. When you focus on moving toward a better way, that’s when you open up all kinds of creative possibilities.

  17. Greg Wise says:

    Well… Jonathon… It’s like you have been writing my entire story since I started reading your blogs. It’s time to move forward. What am I moving “Toward”…? Release my golf comic book. After 10 years of holding these characters close to me. Like you said… It’s time to “Show the World” – Let the WORLD decide if they are good… instead of the “Self-Doubt” that I’m just not good enough! THANKS JONATHON! – for the courage!!!

  18. kiran says:

    So where i am right now, and working with ‘ building’ rather than walking away…be it as a parent, as a spous eor a business owner or professional. Even in our day to day civic engagements. Great thoughts, Jonathan!

  19. Tahlee says:

    Yessss. I LOVE a good revolution 😉

    You’re so right Jonathan. For years I was trying to move away from pain. Lose weight to move away from feeling fat; get high to move away from pain; hide from social situations to move away from potential rejection.

    But now it’s all about moving forward and looking towards. Towards joy and body love; gratitude and self kindness; stillness and confidence.

    Because I feel like once I’ve integrated health + wellness into my life – there’s something else that requires my energy and attention. I have to replace the weight loss obsession with something positive that will serve the world.

    As always – love your work!

  20. Rob J says:

    Thanks for the wake up call. Time for me to get moving!

  21. Great insight! Reaction is not creation. To create expansive futures we have to choose new possibilities. And then create them!

  22. Aaron Morton says:

    I am moving forward towards building a community of people who are passionate about turning ideas into reality. Giving them an option of whether to start up on their own or earn money on the side with their passions.

    Aaron Morton
    The Confidence Lounge

  23. Matt Schmidt says:

    People now have the power to create change like never before. More and more the ability to put your fate in your own hands is becoming possible.

  24. Jayme says:

    I mean, how is it that you read my mind?? LOL. So needed this today. Thanks friend!