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It’s time to speak up and be heard! This week’s challenge is all about practicing assertiveness and valuing your own voice. Challenge yourself to express your opinions or ideas in a situation where you would normally stay quiet. Maybe it’s at work, in a social setting, or even with a friend or family member. Your voice matters and your ideas are important!
Why is it important to speak up?
You should speak up because your voice has value and your ideas are important. When you say what you think, feel, and think about, you add to meaningful conversations and help make decisions.
When you speak up, you can stand up for yourself, say what you need, and set limits. It helps people understand each other, helps you grow as a person, and lets you take part in many parts of life, like work, relationships, and social settings.
By speaking up, you give yourself more power and make sure that your point of view is heard and taken into account.
How speaking up impacts your goals
In many ways, your ability to reach your goals depends on how well you speak up. First of all, when you share your thoughts and ideas, you actively take part in making decisions, which makes it more likely that your ideas will be taken into account. This can help you make better, more well-informed decisions that are in line with your goals. It’s time to stop being a passenger in someone else’s life.
Speaking up lets you say what you need, what you want, and where your boundaries lie. By being clear about what you want and what you don’t want, you make it possible for others to help you reach your goals. It helps avoid misunderstandings and makes sure that your goals are taken into account when people are working together.
Many time we are guilty to letting others drive us to where they want to go and we end up being resentful. Nobody knows what we truly want or need unless we say it out loud.
Speaking up also helps you be a better advocate for yourself and gives you more confidence. The more you stand up for yourself and say what you think, the more you feel like you have power. This newfound confidence helps you reach your goals because it gives you the courage to take risks, get past problems, and seize opportunities.
Here are a few examples of speaking up in different scenarios
During a team meeting, you say what you think and make suggestions about a project or idea. This adds to the conversation and could change the way the work is done.
You talk to a friend or family member about something that’s been bothering you. You say how you feel, share your point of view, and try to understand or find a solution.
Example of setting boundaries
If someone asks you to do something extra that doesn’t fit with your priorities or values, you politely say “no” and explain your limits. Eventually you can learn to say “No” without having to explain further. This helps you keep a healthy balance and focus on what really matters to you.
Example of advocacy
You talk or argue about an issue you care a lot about, letting people know what you think and arguing for positive change.
During a group activity or brainstorming session, you actively share your ideas and opinions, which helps the group be creative and work together.
Remember, your voice matters and your ideas are important! ??
Here are some examples to get you started:
- Speak up in a meeting and share your thoughts on a project or idea
- Tell a friend or family member how you feel about a situation
- Politely express your boundaries and say “no” to something that doesn’t align with your values
Don’t be afraid to be assertive and stand up for yourself. Your confidence will grow with each opportunity you take to express yourself. ?
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