Interview with Magic Mag – Transformational Coaching with Lisa Mohr – Your Journey to the Best Version of Yourself
Transformational Coaching with Lisa Mohr: Your Journey to the Best Version of Yourself In Lisa…
This month I noticed a repeated theme with several clients and friends: the need to speak up about an injustice or an abuse of power. I’m going to illustrate this quote with a personal story:
Fifteen years ago, I lived in a more rural town. During that time, I regularly drove by a rather ugly home-made sign stating: “Homosexuals burn in hell.” This sign was up for at least eight weeks, and it bothered me every time that time I drove by it. No matter what your feelings are about the subject, a broadcasted and angry intention into the world doesn’t make it a better place. I waited and waited, but to my dismay, this sign remained up for weeks. It created such a hateful energy. I was perturbed.
After a while (too long), I was inspired to take action and call the town Mayor. I explained to him that I ran a business out of my home, and that my clients used the grocery store and gas stations in the area. I was deeply embarrassed that a town like ours promoted such blatant hateful speech. The mayor asked me, and then pleaded with me, to file a formal complaint. As this would be public record, and the owner of this sign would then know who I am, I said, “No, I will not jeopardize my family’s safety by doing that. You will have to find another way.”
Two days later, I received a call from the town hall informing me that the sign was down and that they achieved this by stating that he did not have a sign permit. Thank goodness! The moral of this story? I’m pretty sure that this sign would still be up today, or perhaps another more hateful one had I not said something.
I have several examples of this, but my motivation came from two sources. My first was high school psychology class where we discussed how a woman was brutally violated and eventually murdered, and no less than 100 people heard her cries for over an hour and a half, and no one called the police. Not one person. Everyone assumed that someone else would do it.
The second is a more playful one, it is from the movie “Summer School” where the class decides to write a company that makes poorly made sunglasses. Inevitably, the entire class receives a box of new sunglasses as a “thank you” from the product owners for writing a letter to them.
When my electricity went out once, I waited two hours before calling the electric company. I assumed many others had called. Out of 200 people without power that day, they informed me that I was the very first to call.
My car had a repair that was all over the internet as a potential problem. I contacted the company to find that I was the first official complaint regarding this issue. They paid for the $400 repair, and opened a department to make this repair for other vehicles.
Over and over again, I have collected repeated evidence that if you see something, SAY SOMETHING.
I look forward to hearing how this impacts you and your motivation to take action. Please email me – I’d love to hear about it!