Deciding to take a stand for something you believe in isn’t easy.
COURAGE TO TAKE A STAND — NO WIMPS ALLOWED
(Warning, I will get a bit philosophical today)
What does it mean to “take a stand”
against a burglar in your house?
against a bully at school?
against an abusive or arrogant authoritarian figure?
against a corrupt system?
against a change at school or work you find repulsive or counterproductive?
How do you take a stand and Think Like A Black Belt?
Can you imagine any senior black belt shrinking back when attacked?
Can you see Chuck Norris bumbling his way through a bully’s intimidation?
Can you visualize Jet Li or Jackie Chan falling apart when faced with making a difficult decision or public statement?
When do you decide to get in the game, get dirty, and get something done despite opposition? What is the motivation between doing something or not?
I take action when I decide to take ownership, as I talked about in an earlier newsletter. I have to buy into taking a stab at improving the situation. If I don’t take the risk, my sense of personal honor and courage die a little for not employing them.
Personal honor, for me as a senior black belt and long-time martial arts instructor, is when my personal integrity, my principles, and my standards are built into my character to the point that I will stand by them and exercise them despite opposition, doubts, or temptation.
When was the last time you made a stand for something you believed in instead of letting the situation go unanswered?
It’s tough to go against the flow, isn’t it? It seems easier to be the wallflower, the silent majority, or even the armchair quarterback.
But in the end, a person who Thinks Like A Black Belt must be able to look in the mirror and admire the integrity of the person looking back.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.