4 Smart Ways To Stand Up For Yourself Professionally

Sometimes it seems easier to go with the flow to avoid potential conflict. But the truth is that letting people walk all over you can increase feelings of stress and anxiety, and it might eventually lessen your feelings of self-worth.

Be Honest

It might be difficult at times, but if you learn to express yourself openly and honestly, it will feel like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders. So often, we hide behind a halfhearted smile and nod instead of saying what we think.

Stake Your Claim In Clear Terms

It’s important to resist the urge to react with emotion. Instead, take a breath and calmly explain your perspective to them. Avoid combative tones or accusatory words. Clarify exactly what you mean and listen to their response.

Own Your Time

You are in control of your own time. Push back when it’s appropriate, or tactfully disengage from those people or situations that submerge your schedule. Time is a precious and limited commodity, and yet we often feel pressured to give it away.

Time is a precious and limited commodity, and yet we often feel pressured to give it

No One Can Invalidate You

Your beliefs, emotions, thoughts and ideas belong to you, and no one else can tell you what you feel or invalidate your opinions. You might not realize it, but having mental strength—or an acute awareness of the power behind your emotions and how best to use them and act on them—is much more worthwhile.

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