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Take a Stand in Your Life

One man stood tall
As I assimilate, decompress and rest after being bounced through my 3rd
World Domination Summit in Portland, I have a strong desire not to write a post about my experience there.

I’m not going to tell you what I learned or what my take-aways are. I’m not going to tell you about the truly wonderful friends I met, both old and new. I’m not going to share anything about the conference, because, honestly, that doesn’t matter.

#WDS2013 reminded me fiercely of our ceaseless capability to contribute, so let me ask you something.

What if there was nothing casual about today?

What if today wasn’t just another day where you do your stuff, just like you normally would?

What if today was special?

I’d suggest that it is, but of course we all go about our lives as we normally do and rarely see it as anything other than our “regular old life“.

So for today, for just this day, I want you to take a stand in your life.

Do it right now. Literally. Get out of your seat and stand up.

Take the decision that there’s nothing random, wandering or indifferent about today. Take the chance to declare what matters, whether to yourself, to a loved one or to the whole damn world.

Assert your intention.

Just decide that you won’t let any more time go by without taking a damn chance for something that feels true.

Don’t overthink it. Don’t sweat it. Don’t think it needs to be a certain size or a certain way. That’s all bullshit.

You’re here for a reason – because you have a life that can materially contribute.

And you’re tangibly enough to begin, right now.

So tell me, what does taking a stand in your life look like?

Comments

  1. Today l left a digital group on social media when it became obvious they had no respect for copyright – something l am passionate about. It’s not always easy to take a stand but it is important. Thanks for your blog post :)

    • Steve Errey says:

      Yes! Good for you Morgana. I’m sure it wasn’t easy, but it sounds like you made a great choice for you.

  2. While walking around Portland it hit me what I’m supposed to be doing. It’s a big project that will involve travel across the U.S. and to be honest-it scares me. Doing this means leaving my family for a few days every month or two. It means really diving in and going with my passion to create something much bigger than myself and my life.
    For me, taking a stand means following through, ignoring my fears and doubts, knowing that my husband and kids can handle me being away sometimes and they will be ok. It’s very easy for me to say to myself “ok, great idea, pursue it in a few years”. I can’t do that again.

    • Steve Errey says:

      Scary right?! I think you hit on something important. You can’t take a stand in your life unless it means getting involved in something much bigger than yourself and your life. What’s an easy way to begin?

  3. Starting with local contacts and then spread out from there. It’s also something that may interest my brother so I’m going to talk to him and see if he will come on board with me.

    • Steve Errey says:

      Sounds pretty damn good to me Alana. I like the conversation thing – often people carry an intention around in their heads, but getting it out into the world (and finding support) can really make it real.

  4. Moving to a city as large as London and living is a sea of people I don’t know, its been way too easy to think that I’m in this alone. I’m done pretending I don’t see the person I’m passing in the hall. And maybe if I wasn’t busy staring at my blackberry, I’d see the person who could really use the bus seat more than me. I might not know the people I pass by every day but we really are all in this together and a smile, or an excuse me please might remind us all of that. At least it wouldn’t hurt to try :)

    • Steve Errey says:

      As an Englishman, I share your pain. I love being in the US precisely because people are more open and warm to one-another (at least, that’s my experience). I’m guilty of closing down to others when I’m in the UK, so this is a great reminder for me too. More power to you Brooke!

  5. Hmm, taking a stand in my life right now means continually hitting the publish button on my blog to get my ideas out into the world… You should see all the half finished posts piled up in my drafts folder! :) I’ve been too careful, and its taken all the fun out of my writing. Time to mix it up! I completed two yesterday. More to come!

    • Steve Errey says:

      Woot! Go Ang! I always tend to err on the side of caution too, so I hear you, and balls to that. If I can help you to bounce things around just let me know :)

  6. I’ve decided to take a stand with having no more contact with my mother (at least for the foreseeable future). It’s a huge decision – & one I’ve been afraid of making for a long time (guilt, etc) – but, I’m trying to create a positive future, & having contact with her isn’t healthy for me (hard to stay ‘up’ when someone continually puts you down). The fact that I’m able to make this decision means I’ve gotten to the point where I value myself, & want a brighter vision for my future – one not encumbered by thoughts that are emotionally (or energetically) chaining me to my past – i.e. it comes from a place of self-worth :).
    As for taking a stand in my life re purpose – … I’m working on figuring that out :)

    • Steve Errey says:

      Brave. Not an easy choice by any means; and you always get to make new choices based on what matters to you.

      Love that self-worth you mention – what’s a way you can keep that with you?

      • Affirmations, I suppose? (as trite or banal as that might sound). I’ve been reading about neuroplasticity – & I obviously need to create new ‘tracks’ or patterns in my brain. I feel like I’m in the process of un-covering myself – digging out from years of negative self-talk (from my family that I then internalized & took as true). Meditation, journalling, practicing self-care, and constant reinforcement that I deserve – am worthy of – love, happiness, abundance, prosperity, etc. I suppose an effective tool would be creating a meditation, or visualizing, on how I want to feel. :)

        • Steve Errey says:

          I’m no fan of affirmations really – they put me in mind of someone standing in front of the mirror saying “In every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better”. Gah.

          The part of affirmations that does work, in my opinion, is the practice part. The repetition of the things that matter is what creates meaningful change, and the practices of meditation, journalling, self-care and gentle self-awareness are some amazing ways to make that happen.

          Sounds like you’re doing great :)

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