Reaching the Tipping Point

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An obvious, but critical aspect of life is that positive changes rarely, if ever just happen. It would be nice if they did. I would love to wake up one day to realize that my body simply morphed overnight to be more toned and muscular. Unfortunately, positive changes do not work like that. Positive changes take intentional disciplined actions. They take effort. Negative changes on the other hand don’t require much effort at all. For instance, for my body to get weaker and less flexible and durable, requires little to no effort on my part. I don’t have to “train myself” to not work out. What about in the area of finances? Does it take intentional disciplined actions to maintain a healthy balance sheet or does it just happen? The truth as many people have discovered is that it’s much easier to get into debt, than it is to get out of it.

The good news about positive change is that even though initially it can be very hard, the more we keep at it, the less difficult it becomes. For example, it might be really hard to start an exercise routine, but the more a person sticks with it, the more likely they are to get to a point where the new change becomes the norm. Sticking with it becomes second nature. The phrase for this is reaching a “tipping point.” A tipping point is when “a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change.” If a person starts saving a little bit of money at a time, over a period of time, they will eventually reach a tipping point, in which they enter a new financial bracket.

So what does this have to do with the fight against sex trafficking in the world? Hopefully, the analogy is self-evident. Sex trafficking isn’t going to just end, because positive change doesn’t just happen. It requires intentional disciplined actions. Like achieving physical or financial health it takes effort. It requires local communities coming together and taking the necessary steps to eradicate it. Whereas this can seem really difficult at first, the more local communities continue to make the necessary small changes, the fight against sex trafficking will also hit a tipping point. Therefore, please do not underestimate how important you are to the fight against sex trafficking. The more small steps you take to help end it makes a big difference because it helps us get one step closer to reaching the tipping point. To learn more what you can do to make a difference in the fight against sex trafficking contact the Gateway to Freedom Foundation at gateway@tfcglobal.org or call 717-426-9977.