Stand Up for what you believe in even if it means standing alone.
In today’s world, we need for courageous people to stand up for the human rights. Do you think that Marches, Protests, boycotts, sit-ins and sit- downs are the best way to stand up for what you believe in?
If you still remember the National Anthem sit-down protests, that people talked much about the demonstrations rather than the cause behind the protest.
A similar thing took place when a flag is burned. Even though the courts determined that burning the flag is a constitutionally protected right, when someone chooses to do so, the conversation is shifted from the topic at hand to the mode of demonstration.
While marching today is fashionable, many times, people are left wondering what the march was all aboutt.
In order to be effective, there needs to be clear communication from the leadership (i.e. this march is about X). We will march and utilize boycotts as well as other forms of protest until Y happens. Suddenly, the conversation is about Y which is what you really want. Of course, that means that you must know WHAT you really want to see take place.
Are you looking for new legislation? Are you standing for keeping certain legislation in place? Is it your desire that a company will change its hiring policies? Whatever it is, if you are going to stand up for what you believe in, you must know the best possible outcome if you are going to get your way.
Evaluate your form of communication. Are people talking about the actual topic, OR only about the march, boycott, or sit-down? If they are talking about the form of protest, then yo
3 Tips on How To Stand Up For What You Believe In
1.) Be open to negotiation.
While it is important to consider the best case scenario if we get our way, it is critical that we take time to consider the feelings and opinions of others. It’s okay to disagree. In many cases, there’s more than just two solutions to a problem.
To be effective, we must take time to look beyond ‘my way’ or ‘your way’ and find a higher road. Consider long-term solutions rather than short-term fixes. Take time to research what has been done in times past.
Did those things work? Why or why not? Be open to conversations and become creative. Yes, you may NOT get what you want in the beginning. But it is likely that the higher road will lead to something even better.
2.) Listen to the other side.
I do not need to destroy them. I need to listen to what they are saying. I need to ask clarifying questions so that I can understand what they are saying. Do they have information that I do not have?
Sometimes, we have received information that is exaggerated and blown out of proportion. We are filled with passion for our issue and start to speak and defend, even attack others. If all sides of an issue could honestly present their case, we would find that there is much misinformation out there that has been blindly believed..
3.) Be action-oriented.
“Why don’t you do something?” The question rings in my ears. People are hungry, homeless, and trapped in addiction. There are many folks who talk about solutions, and write great books or articles on making a difference. But many of these have NEVER sat with people and their problems, never actually talked to them.