Stand Up for Yourself

Stand Up for Yourself by North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

“Stand up for yourself.” It’s not just something we tell kids in school; it’s something to keep in mind as we move into adulthood. But standing up for ourselves as adults are definitely more complex than it was as a kid, even if it’s not much easier. While we may no longer face classic high-school bullies, we face all kinds of high-stakes situations every day that requires us to stand up for ourselves or else face some serious consequences.

Applying for a job

When you apply for a position, grant, or another opportunity, you have to make a great case for yourself. There’s a fine line between self-confidence and arrogance, and it’s important to know how to tow the line. As far as job applications go, remember that you are facing competition from people who will go to no ends to get the job. Make sure your resume highlights your most impressive jobs and biggest accomplishments. Include references whom you know will give glowing reports about you. In your interviews, dress like you mean business and come in with a smile. Tell yourself that you are going to be the solution to the company’s problem. Don’t let yourself lose any confidence; don’t be your own bully.

With your health

Many people are lucky enough to have good doctors who truly care about patients. But we’ve all been in that clinic where the doctor seems to try to push away our problem with a Z-pack or keeps trying other antibiotics or steroids over and over again. While you don’t want to cross over into hypochondria, it’s important to do your own research and ask your doctor to investigate any related possibilities. For instance, if you’re having trouble sleeping and can’t seem to get any clear diagnosis as to why, ask to see an ENT or pulmonologist–a specialist in the field, who might finally recognize that you need that CPAP machine. Make sure your doctor is an aggressive one, who will go to all lengths to help you address your needs or at least refer you to someone who can.

Using advocates

Sometimes, standing up for yourself means getting someone else to help you. For many people, this means hiring a lawyer. If you ever been in a car wreck, you know how important it is to file a claim with your insurance. If you’re not the at-fault party, you may also want to file a lawsuit. Even if you simply need help working through the details of filing an insurance claim, you may want to hire a personal injury lawyer to walk you through the process. If you are applying for a new job, don’t be afraid to use any successful or expert connections you may have in the industry to speak up for you and write letters of recommendation. Sometimes we need an extra boost to get the help we deserve. It doesn’t make us weak; it makes us savvy.

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  1. The root of a lot of things, I’ve discovered, is insecurity. We are too insecure to stand up for ourselves because we are afraid of what people might think. We are afraid of conflict because we are too afraid to be wrong and then rejected. Confidence comes with time and a change of mind. Before you can stand up for yourself, you must become confident in yourself. Start by doing “something that scares you every day,” as Elenor Roosevelt once said. Every time there’s an opportunity for you to get out of your comfort zone (within moral and safe boundaries or course), take it and learn from it. It’ll empower you.

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