Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther-King – They are great people who have etched their names in history books for standing up for what they believed in and they helped change the world in the process.
We are told powerful stories about special individuals who changed the course of the world by standing against status quo – sometimes facing unsurmountable odds, yet ultimately winning though.
We are told everyone has this power. We are told we too can change the world if our resolve is strong enough… but can we?
I mean these stories sound compelling, yet in your life right now, can you make a stand? Let’s start small… can you go up against the boss at work and not damage your career?
Going a bit bigger… Can you legitimately challenge those in positions of authority, such as politicians, without being removed or arrested?
I think we can, but not in the way the stories would lead you to believe.
Standing up for what you believe in is not a single event, it’s a way of living – It would be impossible to make a huge stand for what you believe to be right in one moment, if your actions in the past didn’t back you up.
Standing up for what is right, is living what is right. It is in your everyday behaviours and actions.
1. Clearly understand what you believe in
2. Share this with everyone
3. Make sure everything you do is linked to this
So if you passionately believe in ‘being honest’ … then communicate this value simply and with clarity… then follow it up by making sure you always tell the truth!
It is a simple example, but hopefully it demonstrates the power of being able to stand up for what you believe in – because if this is how you live your life, then it is easy to challenge the status quo when needed, because everyone will expect it!
This of course has it’s challenges, but what it allows you to be is authentic, strong and value led.
If you don’t live your life by these rules, then you will end up living your life by someone else’s. That is the opposite of standing up for what is right.
Be the best version of you – stand up for you believe in… stand up for what is right.