What are you willing to stand up for?
What do you stand against?
Your answers to these two questions define who you are. They shine a spotlight on your purpose. On the reason you’re here. To loving yourself and your life. And to making your life count.
We’re living in unsettling times — threats of war, stark political divisions between Americans, and a host of problems that need solutions.
Problems like kids going to bed hungry every night in America
Loneliness and isolation, especially of the elderly
Cruelty and abuse of people and animals
Marginalizing certain groups of people because of religion, ethnicity, or where they live
Hateful speech and actions
And that’s just scratching the surface of what we can stand up against!
Giving lip service to our core values isn’t enough any more. It’s easy to say, “Someone needs to do something about this.” But talk is cheap. It’s a whole lot harder to go beyond words and put our beliefs into action.
Because it takes time and we’re all so very busy, aren’t we?
It takes courage. Standing up for what’s right when the loudest voices are shouting against what you believe is uncomfortable and often unpopular.
It takes effort, every day, to stay the course. But keep this in mind — even the smallest actions have an impact.
How you take action is up to you . . .
It might be by writing letters to your government representatives
Volunteering to mentor a young person
Standing up to bullying and intolerance in all its ugly forms
Building a small business that supports you and your employees while contributing to your community
Donating to a cause you believe in
Speaking up for those who have no voice
Giving your full attention to whomever you’re talking with instead of messing with your cell phone or answering email
Teaching your kids to treat everyone with dignity, respect, and kindness
And a thousand other ways, big and small, that you put your values into action.
“What do you stand for?” goes right to the heart of who you really are,
to your character, and to the values you hold dear.
How do you stand up and show up in your life?
Take a quick “snapshot” of where you are in this moment by doing this exercise:
List six words that most clearly describe, in broad terms, what you stand for. (Ex: freedom, integrity, opportunity)
For each word you chose, complete these two sentences:
Standing up for ___________________ means _______________________.
I live this value by __________________________________. (Be specific using examples from your life.)
Now do this same exercise for the question “What do you stand against?”
Do a gut check. How do you feel about your responses? Satisfied? Proud? Uneasy? Enthusiastic? Embarrassed? What?
Your answers to this simple exercise can help you find ways to live your purpose and love your life.
Are you doing what it takes to live your values?
Is it time for a change of direction?
Are you happy with the way your life is unfolding?
If not, are you ready to do something about it?
Here are some FREE resources to help you get started.
Bonnie Pond is an inspiring speaker and founder of the international Make Your Life Count Movement. She’s the author of The Power of Three: How to be Happy and Get What You Want in Life (Without Doing Anything Illegal, Immoral, or Unethical) and Unlock Your Creativity: 30 Days to a More Creative YOU! and self-described “Bahooda Kicker” who helps women stop settling for less than they really want in life. Her mission is to motivate women around the world to live their purpose, love their lives, and make them count.