Stand up and be counted for

Either stand up and be counted for, or sit down and say nothing. The choice is for us to decide.

Being fearful of man, or what people think is a trap. Something I too am challenged with, but this life we live is short. We get one shot, and sometimes we really need to sit and take stock of ourselves, and our position in lives and ask ourselves this question; Am I living a fulfilled life? If the answer is no, then what are you going to do to change it?

We might not be where we want to be right now. You might be the owner of a startup business, or an employee of whatever company you work for.

We are all in different points of life, business, career, family and relationships; yet it’s vital that we stop along the journey of our lives to take stock of where we are, figure out where we want to be, and the steps we need to take to get there.

Oh, and a little tip for those who find themselves midway or feel like they are about to fall of the edge of the cliff, don’t freak out just turn and change your perspective. And walk calmly away from the cliff (the cliff is hypothetical to a place in life where you feel like your finished, about to give up, something hasn’t been working out the way you want and you feel like you’re about to fall of the edge of a cliff – Ok so it’s a little dramatic, but you get the picture).

If I’m learning anything of late it is this;

  1. Be a person of your word
  2. Don’t be scared of what people think of you
  3. Be willing to stand up, and be counted for what you believe in.

Not everyone’s going to like it, or read it; but like an inspiring mentor has reminded me, it’s not about who’s reading my work, or buying my product.

For example: My purpose for writing this blog is to get out what is in me, and hopefully grow it to a place where one day it will spread, and make a greater impact in many other ways. Yet, I cannot afford to lose focus on the way to where that dream is taking me; and neither can you.

I actually hope that it encourages someone who needs to hear this to believe that they matter. It frustrates me that in my own nation there are so many people who have been suppressed for generations under the assumption that it wasn’t their place to stand up, and be counted for because they didn’t have the right clothes, or live in the ‘right’ location.

I want to carry the message that says, your beginning doesn’t have to be your ending.

We must be willing to stand up and be counted for. When the ‘voice’ comes to make us question, who we are, and what we think we are doing. We have two choices,

  • Stand up – fight for that cause, be willing to put in the hard yards, believe and never give up trying.
  • Sit down  – don’t say anything that rocks the boat, live apologetically for the person you are, in fear of what others will think.

Let’s make sure we’re standing for the right things too, but this is a blog post for another day… I urge myself, and you to choose to stand up and be counted for… Thank you.




Published by Leanne

Social media manager for Oxford University Press. Entrepreneur and writer. Here to inspire.

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