Taking a stand in your life is the thing of Hollywood movies.
The little guy stumbles into a huge injustice, and decides to take a stand, taking on impossible odds and somehow winning.
It makes for a cool story, but sometimes, you really do need to take a stand in your life.
- When your life isn't going the way you want it to
- When something matters to you more than the complexities that come with it
- When you can't afford to keep doing what you've been doing
- When you're in a place where you can't be who you are
- Where the cost of not taking action turns you into someone you don't recognise or like
When life tests you or demands something deeper from you, these are good times to take a stand in your life. Here's how.
1. Wake yourself up
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“.
We find that groove and slip into it so easily. Rinse and repeat. And it's easy to lose sight of what really matters, what we wanted to do, or who we always wanted to be.
SO WHAT IF THERE WAS NOTHING CASUAL ABOUT TODAY?
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.
You're here, against all the odds. It's your life, and you have agency over it.
Take the chance to declare what matters, whether to yourself, to a loved one or to the whole damn world.
2. Assert your intention
What matters to you might be your family, a friend, a community, a cause, a creative endeavour, the difference you want to make or any one of a thousand other things.
When you remind yourself of what matters to you, you can assert your intention to honour it, express it, or demonstrate it.
Taking a stand in your life is deciding 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.
There's simplicity and power in aligning your intention behind what matters to you.
3. Do something
Knowing what matters and asserting your intention is all well and good, but those things are nothing without doing something.
Taking a stand in your life needs more than having a good intention, it requires that you get out into the world and follow it up with action.
Don't fall into the trap of thinking this needs to be huge or world changing. It doesn't. Not everyone needs to be a Greta Thunberg or a Martin Luther King, so put those expectations or stories to one side.
All that matters is that you follow up your intention and engage.
Do one thing today that honours, expresses or demonstrates what matters to you. Plan one thing tomorrow that allows you to get involved in what matters. Take one step this week that will make you feel like you've contributed, or been true to yourself.
That's enough. That's plenty. That's amazing.
When you take a stand in your life...
What's the alternative to taking a stand in your life?
Letting life happen to you? Busying yourself with all the things that don't matter. Going through you life day by day, just calling it in?
Sounds grim, right?
You’re here for a reason – because you have a life and you get to take part.
And you’re tangibly enough to begin, right now.
Taking a stand is really about participating fully in your own life, without the pressure for it, or you, to be a certain way.
What does that look like for you?