What do you value? What do you stand for? Or stand against? What do you believe in?
Most people will come out with the typical answers – family, a religion, community, their country
But saying you have certain values and not standing by them defeats the point. Who we really are is determined by our actions not our words. To steal a quote –
“A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.” – John D Rockefeller
Anyone can claim to be something until they’re put on the spot. To quote from Martin Luther King Jr –
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – MLK
Where do you stand when challenge and controversy come your way? When the world tempts you with something or throws adversity your way or inconvenience? It’s easy to say you have a certain belief or are committed to something else but when the chips are down – who are you? Really? Deep down – do you practice what you preach or are all talk and no walk? Because we’re all going to get tested at some point. If you have character and a strong sense of identity – you won’t be able to separate what you say from what you do.
Whatever your path or your career or your circumstances – we all want results. Only action delivers outcomes.