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What do you stand for? That’s one foundational question you must take time to ask yourself, because what you stand for dictates what you believe in from the core of your being, what values and principles guide your life, what are you willing and ready to do, when and where do you draw your line in the sand.
But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh Lord, I’m still not sure, what I stand for oh oh oh…
Some more introspecting Qs:
- Are you proud of your beliefs?
- Are you open to sharing them with family, friends, colleagues and perfect strangers?
- Are you always hiding or ready to compromise even when you feel at your core that’s not right?
- What do you seek to do every day and accomplish with your life?
- What’s your purpose? Your beliefs also shed light on your why.
In any work environment, communicating authentic beliefs gives boss, peers, clients, and followers a sense of security, reassuring their own sense of self. If you have and show your beliefs in a positive way, and those beliefs add value and match to a degree the beliefs of the team and company culture, then you’ll bond at a deeper level and you’ll be able (hopefully) to share and incorporate other beliefs to grow and strengthen your own.
Here’re 5 ways to stand for what you believe @work and show the value of your authentic perspective:
- Don’t just say it, state it. We can all be swayed sometimes, we can all lose focus. A personal mission statement that’s stuck to the wall where you can see it will make embodying your beliefs a daily ritual; healthy like brushing your teeth or basic like putting on your shoes.
- Become your why. Your personal reason to do the things you do the way you do them is not something you think, is something you carry on your person, the perfume you put on, what people smell when you come into a room and you leave suspended in the place where you stood when you go.
- Do it once, do it always. Consistency is key. It’s okay to refine our beliefs with time and incorporate some new ones as we experience life, but changing core beliefs at the drop of a hat is a sign that we don’t have them, don’t trust them or don’t want them. It shows.
- Let your character be your shield. Either middle of the road or controversial beliefs can both be cause for backlash in work environments transitioning into the next generation. Lack of understanding, rejection or full-blown attacks should not be taken lightly. Standing for your beliefs and yourself means standing your ground. Look for the resources in place to voice your concerns in an effective manner. Don’t call on your ego, but your character to rise above the situation.
- Remember empathy. Apply the golden rule always. Do unto others first. Give respect and acceptance first. We want our beliefs to be respected as intrinsic parts of who we are, we want our beliefs to be seen as adding a positive perspective? We should give our peers and fellow humans’ beliefs by the same token.
We are planted on this planet to grow into ourselves. (final thoughts)
When we seek, find and embrace our beliefs, we are asserting who we are. Our personal beliefs might not be openly shared by our peers, or even family and friends. They don’t have to be. Unpopular, difficult or even radically different beliefs are not inherently wrong. Is what each and every one of us chooses to do with our beliefs and how we choose to act on them that can get us into murky waters. After all, we all need to abide by a social contract in the civilized society we choose to live in.
How can you communicate those beliefs to others in the way you think, speak and act is what makes the difference. Is what closes the door to true mutual understanding or flings it wide open for many others to cross while we’re here and well after we’re gone.