Good morning communist twitter! Remember to define what success means for every action you do. Make it concrete, not something like “make them listen.” If you cant define a success state, organize differently and do something else.
Burnout comes sometimes from too much action, but sometimes from feeling like you’re not making a difference too. Define the difference the action will make, and perform the action to make that difference.
Example: protesting. Doing it to show community solidarity is useful. When you refocus on solidarity its a smaller more attainable goal than making the cops listen. With that focus youll know to bring water or sign making material. Youll know to stick around & talk after.
What if you want to make big political changes? The goal can still be concrete. Go to the protest with the goal of capturing bad police behavior on film and spreading it on twitter. Everything you do there is focused on your goal. When you go home evaluate success based on it.
Think of yourself as a temporary community organizer, a temporary propagandist, a temporary journalist. If you find joy in the role make it permanent through joining or starting an org, or just keeping that focus at every action.
Finally, be ok with small stuff. Small stuff when part of a bigger plan is effective and often all we can do. We’re taught to go big or go home, but thats BS egotism. Im important to maybe 20 people in my area, but we form a network of thousands. This is how it should be.
Note I mean POLITICAL action / activism. Im not a self help guy saying “be intentional” here

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