Be Your Own Advocate
Most of us are often helping support others. We volunteer, help to get petitions signed, protest, donate money, etc. However we advocate it is usually not for ourselves. Being your own advocate is the most important thing you can do for you. Showing up for yourself awakens your mind and spirit to a life filled with hope, confidence, and love. Do you know how to advocate for yourself? Here are five ways to get you started on being your own advocate.
Believe in Yourself - You are a unique and valuable person. Any effort you put in to raise your self-esteem through self advocacy is worth it. When you believe in yourself you show others that you are valuable. Protect yourself by protecting your rights.
Decide What You Want in Your Life - Be clear on exactly what you want. If it helps, grab a journal and write your wants down on paper. Seeing what you want helps to lay down a path that you can start walking to have the life you desire. Remember, set intentions, not goals. If you are unsure of the difference, check out last week's blog post.
Express Yourself - When you are asking for what you need and want for yourself state it clearly and get to the point. Don't let anyone tell you what you want you cannot achieve. If they are not there to help you, you are better off without them. You want the people on your team to uplift you, not tear you down.
Listen To Your Gut - If someone in your life makes you feel uncomfortable, speak up. It can be difficult at times to speak your mind, but doing so show others that your matter...to YOU.
Trust Yourself - Only you know your fears. And it is only you who must believe that you can get past those fears to keep moving towards what you want. Being your own advocate is a complete circle. You start by believing in yourself, deciding what you want, expressing yourself, listening to that inner gut, and finally trusting who you are. You will at times dance in circles, but it is the one who twirls the longest that wins.
Everyone has a beautiful face. Everyone has a story to tell. What is your?