Aimed at high school students

Each of us has the ability to influence what happens in our world. We are neither helpless nor powerless to make a difference. Each of our actions improves or reduces the amount of good in society. Today is a day for empowering people to do their best. Our actions count. If we take responsibility for what goes on and push things in positive directions, we will see better results. Youth are facing some critical situations: poverty, drug use, bullying, teen driving crashes. The power of one voice, two actions, and teams of three could change these problems and save lives. We need leaders who see the POWER OF 3.

The power to be great is largely untapped in people. Most people are not developing their full potential. They’re holding back, not using their opportunities. We need to embrace the moment, work hard to improve... have a real hunger. No one gets better without dedication and genuine commitment. Sometimes we don’t give our best effort. Knowledge and growth is power.

People tend to want power more than responsibility. It is how you use power that matters. The power of kindness vs. teasing or bullying. The power of safety vs. texting. Sometimes, we have the feeling that the best world would be one with almost no restrictions or responsibilities. We often equate “fun” with “less responsibility.” Showing restraint, respecting certain limits, protects us from making foolish mistakes. The power to choose wisely must be nurtured.

Bad decisions weaken your power. Many people feel invincible. If we don’t learn from our mistakes, bad decisions will weaken our confidence, our relationships. Love means providing positive leadership, challenging people for better direction, even if they have trouble accepting it. With a crisis building in drug use, bullying, suicide and teen driving deaths, your intervention may save a life. A good friend will know when to back off and when to stay absolutely firm.

The POWER OF 2. One person, alone, can easily fall. Too often, we let situations reach a critical stage. We don’t intervene early enough, we don’t act like a good friend. Two people, looking out for each other, can make a powerful force for good. They can take on any problem and weather any storm. The power of friendship means being inclusive, paying attention to the invisible kids.

The POWER OF 3. Teams of people outdo individuals or couples. In a Facebook/YouTube world, we can get locked into “watching” reality vs. “changing” it. We need to be proactive and get involved. If we can form teams of three or more, we can change things faster. And these “teams” will need leaders. And all of us will need to push our imaginations! Innovate, innovate, innovate! We need to be bold and come up with new ways of solving old problems. It is time for a new generation of leaders who care more about being servants than being celebrities.

We can shape our world instead of watch it self-destruct. It is time that we realize our total power and start pushing for greater excellence. First, build your own strengths. Build YOUR POWER. Then look to build better friendships. Then, improve your community. Build teams of “3” or more and go after the changes necessary to make a better world. Be a voice that speaks up for shared prosperity, safety and respect. Don’t stand on the sidelines waiting for a rescuer. Team up, the POWER OF 3!