You’ve Got to Stand for Something

He who stands for nothing will fall for everything.”

Alexander Hamilton

I found this quote inside when I finished my favorite pocket-sized tin of dark chocolate. And my mind immediately went to assessing how well I live my values. I know, weird. Sometimes my brain does take an interesting twist.

But go with me for a bit, here.

If I don’t stand for anything, or know what I value, then everything becomes okay. Which ultimately means that I’ll probably say “Yes” to everything.

And that then leads to not saying “No” when I need to.

So, let’s back up a bit.

Values are how you express yourself in the world; they are evident in what you do and how you act. Values are neither right nor wrong—they just are. And, they are unique to you.

I’m curious. What do you stand for? What are your values?

Perhaps achievement is important. Or you love a challenge. Maybe you enjoy being helpful to others. Or you’re spiritual, tolerant, honest, creative, dependable, etc.

The question is, “Who are you in the world?”

Once you know what you value, making choices becomes easier. Look at each option and ask yourself how it honors your values. Sometimes a choice actually causes you step on your values!

The point of this exercise is to heighten your awareness of what is important to you, so that you can make conscious choices, and that saying, “Yes” and “No” honestly come from a resonance with your values.


Your Call to Action

What 10-15 values are important to you? Which ones make you feel most alive, put a big grin on your face, or make you say, “Of course!”? How will you use this list to make better choices?




You’ve Got to Stand for Something — 4 Comments

    • Thanks for the comment. Values are our guideposts. And a most fulfilling life depends on honoring these values every day.

  1. This is a good reminder to think about what we stand for. I stand for HOPE, KINDNESS, COMPASSION, LIGHT, UPLIFT, BRIGHTNESS, JOY, ADVENTURE, CHALLENGE, BEAUTY, FREEDOM, TRUTH, PEACE, and CONNECTEDNESS (I think that was too many!) Thanks Robin!

    • Thanks for your enthusiastic reply! Now, here’s my challenge: at the end of each day, review your list and see how many you have honored that day. Fulfillment directly correlates to honoring your values all of the time.