It’s not always easy standing up for what you believe in. Many of us were raised in households where we taught to believe one set of beliefs, but when we grew up and experienced the world on our own, developed a different set of beliefs that were more aligned with our own experiences and interactions. It’s pretty common for children to grow up in either a conservative or liberal household, believe those things early on, and to begin believing the opposite after college or life lessons.
Sometimes, we have our moral compass set early on, and despite what seems like the rest of the world having opposing beliefs, we simply believe what we believe and are undeterred from outside pressures. Whatever you believe, it can be difficult standing up for what you believe when it’s unpopular or doesn’t seem to align with your surroundings. One of the benefits of life coaching is that we can gain confidence in who we are and what we believe.
The Hardest Part of Standing Up For What You Believe In
The hardest part of standing up for what you believe in is staying true to your beliefs while existing in a culture that may not agree with you. We see mob mentality on social media, which has become a breeding ground for an idea to turn into a full on belief system. We see the media rallying behind whatever small nuance of language they can in order to spin it into a story.
What we often forget is that social media is designed to build a mob mentality, inadvertently, by a structure developed to release dopamine with every like and every comment. We also forget that the media is a business whose main objective is creating stories in order to increase the volume of viewers so that their advertising campaigns are more effective. This isn’t to say the media or social media are bad, it’s just creating space to understand that charged words usually have an alternative bottom line that we’re not always aware of.
The most profound way to stand up for what you believe in is simply to do it. You can be vocal about your beliefs, but we strongly encourage emotional intelligence coaching, so that you don’t create enemies where there typically wouldn’t be. Emotional intelligence and standing up for what you believe in should go hand in hand. If you truly believe for instance, that the earth is flat, you won’t become violent or angry when someone suggests the earth is round. Meaningful dialogues can help both sides understand the opposing viewpoint, and might even lead to finding a common ground.
With the same spirit your beliefs exist, the same honor should be given to an opposing set of beliefs should exist, within reason. That doesn’t mean condoning violence or extremist views, so much as it’s developing an understanding that the common denominator of all communication is wanting to be heard. Your crazy aunt on social media who posts bizarre political rants to a following of strangers is most likely lonely or feeling misunderstood in another area of her life. Suddenly she posts a meme, and she’s being given attention.
The same can be said with virtually any situation. We speak our beliefs hoping to connect with another person or group of people, but we stand up for what we believe because we know this to be our own truth.
The hardest part of standing up for what you believe is staying true to what you believe. Emotional intelligence, compassion, and patience are the keys to holding firm to your intuition, while allowing the rest of the world to exist as it is, mostly.