self-improvement,  Success

The Art of Standing Firm

There comes a time in all of our lives when we have to stand firm in our decisions, when we have to straighten our shoulders and move forward despite opposition from others–and even ourselves.

These decisions can encompass anything. The details don’t matter; what matters is that you maintain your resolution.

The people around you may not understand what you are doing. They may attempt to tease or bully you into changing your mind.

Sometimes the enemy is yourself. You look at the process with dread or simply balk at the thought of focusing upon your goal. You can question the wisdom of your decision or even doubt your ability to follow through, delaying your start as you wait for the stars to align and the perfect moment to arrive.

We are all guilty of this.

I’ve done it personally more times than I can count.

While we cannot change our actions from the past, we can control our actions as we move forward. We can learn from those mistakes, grow stronger, and resolve not to make them again.

Like the oak tree, we too can stand firm. Each time we do, we grow stronger.

What is one decision in your life that you need to stand firm on? Please share your stories in the comments below.

3 Comments

  • Carolina

    Dear Annie,
    Thanks for yet another inspiring blogpost.
    In anwer to your question: in the past, I’ve let other peoples needs completely overrule my own. I believe that’s perfectly allright in case of absolute emergencies, like when someone close to you falls seriously ill. However, my husband and I sat down the other day and figured out we ‘ve been doing this for over 15 years straight (ARGH!). Well, we ‘re not getting any younger, and we’ve had very rough times ourselves. This madness needs to stop. So this coming week we’re going on a vacation. Granted, it ‘s only a couple of days, and it ‘s near our hometown, but it’s a start! And it’s just going to be the 2 of us, with the sole purpose of having fun:).

    Stand firm luvvie, and take care,
    Carolina

    • Annie

      Whoo! Hoo! Enjoy your vacation, Carolina! Good on you and your husband for taking time for yourselves. I am so proud of you!