A Few Things That Being A Rebel Has Taught Me
How being a rebel in my life has taught me how to live a more positive life. Today I will reflect on some of the most important things that being a rebel, someone working against the norms, has taught me. It’s these very teachings that can help you live a more positive life as well.
I am a rebel.
I am someone that doesn’t quite agree with society, and challenges peoples way of thinking.’
Little by little my efforts will make a difference, whether it’s on a small scale or a large one.
This is the position I want to take. It’s the path that I walk and will leave behind a trail for others to follow.
It’s one of the many paths that leads to a positive life. But this one suits me just fine.
For I am a rebel.
December is a month of reflection. It’s around this time of year I feel people get a little philosophical. They think about their purpose, or at least what kind of goals they want to achieve.
Reflecting on our goals for the new year is great, and thinking about our purpose isn’t bad either. However I find what’s even more interesting is how did we get to this trail of thought.
In other words: how did we get into this position we are in right now?
For me, I’ve been reflecting heavily on the very path I’ve committed myself to this year. Indeed I’ve been in business for a few years, but it was only this year that I felt I made an actual effort and commitment.
It was the first time I was firm with my decision and started to walk a different path than the one I formed.
A path that I like to call “being a rebel.”
There’s no negative connotation to it.
With the new Star Wars movie being launched, we know rebels are bad-asses. They got Luke Skywalker with the lightsabers and Darth Vader is his father and all that.
Sorry that was a spoiler.
Luke’s a cool guy though.
And of course we also have Rey, who we are going to learn even more about in this film. I’m excited for it.
But much like Luke Skywalker and Rey, they are learning new things. They both are characters who grew as recognizable people. Just like them, I’ve grown and learned a lot from this path.
Maybe not as cool as the force and how to do crazy acrobatic jumps, but hey, they’re cool stuff. Not to mention they can help others as well.
The Importance Of Forging Your Path
Regardless of the person that you are today or what you will be, we experience pressure. Pressure to succeed, pressure to fail, pressure to follow a specific path, etc.
People place their own expectations on you and some times it can be overwhelming.
It can bring us to the point where we crumble and conform. That we give up entirely. But again, that’s a choice that we make.
It was Zig Ziglar who said
“Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice.”
I’d expand on that.
Giving up is a choice, but forging our own paths is a choice as well.
Being a rebel is keeping this in mind. It’s anticipating resistance and that we’ll be fighting an uphill battle.
Rebels are right to be thinking that.
There will be resistance.
Not everyone will understand why you are doing this.
That doesn’t matter.
What matters is the path that you want to be forging for yourself regardless of the pressure.
We will be fighting uphill battle, but you and I both know that pressure and complications are what grow us.
Much like with Luke Skywalker and Rey they’ve faced things that no typical person would have to go through. It’s those moments that have defined them as people who will no doubt stand the test of time.
That is the path that they have forged for themselves.
Don’t Lose Your Identity
The second biggest thing is to not lose your sense of self.
More importantly don’t lose the “why” that is driving you forward.
In a recent post from Benjamin P. Hardy, Benjamin spoke in more detail about successful people reaching a plateau.
There is of course more pressure to fail as people inadvertently want those who are successful to fail.
However those who plateau are people who lose their sense of why. It smothers their values and vision. In other words they lose themselves.
When you forge your own path, you will experience success.
Many people think that it’s a lot easier after that, but it’s not.
Even for myself I’ve had to work harder, think of more ideas for my writing too.
I’ve got to juggle all of this all while dealing with my inner thoughts that are pushing me further.
I’m not saying this to complain or look for sympathy. I love when my life is like this.
But it shows that if you want to succeed, you have to get better at your craft.
You need to find your why and continue to use that time and again. Use it to re-identify the person who you are.
As a result of this, my success doesn’t feel stalled because I know “why” I’m doing this.
I know for myself that I will continue to push my boundaries and not get stalled.
I’ve embraced failure before and again I choose not to fear it.
All that being said, it’s easier to say all of that, but I genuinely mean it. What’s important is to not lose that sense of why you are doing this in the first place.
This month is the perfect time to re-remind yourself of this.
Why exactly are you in business?
Why pursue this life?
Why are you choosing to think differently?
The more that you think about those and answer them, the deeper you get to understand yourself.
With only a few more weeks left of December 2017, devote some time to think about your path. Reconnect yourself with your values that brought you to where you are today.
I keep going back to the roots of why I started as a writer and Youtuber and every time the answer has been to help others.
I hope that these realizations do help you in some way shape or form.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon