There are issues that might be inconsequential. You might not care all that much about this or that situation. But what do you truly care about?
We all come to a point where we might need to decide what our values are and what we stand for. It can be in a dramatic situation or something more mundane. But there comes a point when we need to decide when and where to make a stand.
What will your stand be?
You need to clarify what truly matters to you. We see every day people who make their stands in strange places – demanding better customer service, for instance. We might think that these are people who have not clarified their values. They make a stand for something that seems insignificant.
So, it’s important to know what matters and what doesn’t.
For many people, the stand they make involves their families or something they truly believe in. It means protecting or standing up for something that truly matters.
Even if you are not in the position where you have to take an immediate stand, it helps to know what your position is. What is the most important value you hold? What should be protected at all costs?
It really helps you to know what it is. It helps you make your stand when it is necessary. You can be empowered to walk away from a toxic job if it goes against your values. You might focus more on your family when you know you would do whatever it takes to protect them.
Understanding where you want to take a stand is a valuable exercise in priority setting. If you know what matters, you can make it a part of your daily life.
It will also help you avoid getting too riled up over inconsequential things. Small things might not merit the anger and attention we usually give them. Focus on what matters.
It doesn’t mean you need to always let things go, but it helps you understand what is most important and least important for you. Let yourself put more energy and time into the things that matter the most to you.
Allow yourself to be true to your values and your ideals. Keep them in mind and allow them to guide many of your decisions, most of your decisions if you can.
If you know when it’s worth it to make a stand, you are more likely to react and take action when you must.