• Chantal Porter

Three Ways To Stand Up For What You Believe In

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

The only constant in today's world seems to be change. New technologies are developed on a daily basis in an effort to make our lives appear more comfortable. For the most part, I'm excited for the possibilities as technology advances! It's definitely an exciting time to be alive. The one thing that I believe should be a constant however is your core values. All of us have something that we value, whether it is loyalty, trust, integrity and the list goes on. In spite of all the changes that happen what you stand for and what you believe in need some kind of stability. Why is this so? The answer is somewhat simple when you don't stand for anything it's really easy to fall for anything.

The last thing you need is everyone doubting your credibility because you side with every new idea that pops up simply because it's popular or it will get you the most likes. I already spoke on the challenges of fitting in a previous article you can check it out here. Ultimately not everything that you believe in will be popular or accepted and that is okay. Trust me it's quite scary to think about all the people you might be going against but at the end of the day you'll be feeling good about yourself. Let's take a look at three ways that you can stand up for what you believe in.

1. Be respectful-

This is where a lot of people seem to go terribly wrong. Now, my values and your values might not be the same but that doesn't mean I need to disrespect you if I disagree. The truth is you need to be able to argue your points in a civilized manner and be willing to not only speak but listen. People tend to close out and get defensive when they feel attacked so it's best to not use that approach. Better yet in sharing your opinions be mindful of the feelings of the audience as this will help you to better explain yourself in a way that the audience is more receptive.

2. Speak based on your experiences-

What you believe in is often the product of your household and your external experiences. There are too many people today who are willing to shove their opinions down the throats of others without any real experience. To be honest though, a lot of topics that we discuss today were not actually being experienced by us but there is room for us to speak based on the information that we have researched. In light of today's cancel culture spreading like a disease in our society, I suggest that you do your research so that you can actually support your views. It's hard to have a good conversation especially on controversial topics if you have no experience then again no knowledge of what's happening in the field.

3. Be honest-

As if this wasn't blatantly obvious right? If you're going to stand up for what you believe you in, you have to be honest with yourself and your audience. A lot of our core values are shaped through parenting so you might find yourself supporting a particular group or law without giving it much thought. At the end of the day if you're asked to stand up and speak on something that you don't fully understand it is okay to declare that you're not qualified to speak on the matter. Don't try to make up stuff on the spot to make yourself look qualified it will only bite you in the end. Furthermore, you should also be ready to listen to your opponents views and be honest enough to say that your opinions make sense. Remember they're probably trying to stand up for what they believe in as well.

Standing up for what you believe value is such a beautiful thing! It frees your mind, clears your conscience and keeps you aligned. Getting over the fear of speaking out takes time and it is not easy. But you're not alone, because I'm working on myself as well. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the best ways to speak out without the fear of being judged. Let me know in the comments section.

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

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