7 Reasons You Should Stand up for Yourself ...

By Michelle

7 Reasons You Should Stand up for Yourself ...

Too often, you get pushed around, and people say that it’s just the way things are – I disagree, and I think there are many reasons you should stand up for yourself. It might seem easier to just back down and hide that feeling of indignation that's welling up inside you, but that's not always healthy. This doesn't mean I’m advocating that you go looking for a fight; only that you make it known you’re not a push-over. There are plenty of good reasons to use your inner strength to defend yourself in a measured way and take control of an unfair situation when it arises. Read on and discover seven reasons you should stand up for yourself.

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YOU’RE WORTH IT

L’Oreal was right! You are totally worth it! First of all, no one gets to bully you. No one, no matter who they are, has the right to treat another person badly or make them feel small. You are worth more than that, and you are worthy of respect and love. If they don’t see that, it's their mistake. The first of a few reasons you should stand up for yourself is that you’re worth the effort.

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FIND the BRAVERY within

Standing up to someone who is actively trying to put you down is actually really empowering. It can seem terrifying at first, not knowing what to say and how to say it, but once you have stood up for yourself calmly and assertively, you will find it easier and more natural doing it the next time. It doesn’t always mean that people will stop, but you will get stronger, and that will make a huge difference in the way you handle conflict in the future.

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IT EMPOWERS OTHERS

Watching someone else stand up for themselves often makes onlookers think about how they would handle the situation. Some will be thinking "Yes! I’m so glad she said something, I would too." However, you never know who is watching you put your foot down and stand up for fair and kind treatment. Someone who is timid or has trouble doing what you have decided to do will take great encouragement from seeing you (especially if you are a normally a shy person, and they know this) tell someone they’re doing the wrong thing and why they should stop. Seeing you doing it will help give them the courage to do it themselves.

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IT’S NOT WRONG to STAND up for YOURSELF

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you’re a rude or mean person if you speak up when someone lies about you or treats you unfairly in public. Well, I’ll tell you now – it’s definitely not. When a person has chosen to bully or control you, they are the one in the wrong. Standing up for your rights and for who you are is not impolite, or weird, or rude – it’s great! Being assertive enough to defend yourself when you need to is a great quality to have and will actually help you to be more confident in other areas of your life, like the workplace.

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YOU CAN COME to the RESCUE

Once you’ve made a habit of being strong in the presence of intimidating people, it will also become more natural to come to the defense of others who are in a similar predicament. Too much of the time, people will witness unfair or unethical treatment happening and do nothing about it, which is essentially aiding the person committing the wrongdoing. If you have practiced standing up for what’s right instead of shrinking away, it’s much more likely that you’ll come to the rescue of someone who needs a knight in shining armor.

Famous Quotes

To give oneself earnestly to the duties due to men, and, while respecting spiritual beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom.

Confucius
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PEOPLE WILL NOTICE

After a while, once people pick up on the fact that they can’t push you around anymore, something will happen: they won’t push you around anymore. If you are willing to stand up for yourself and your friends every time and not back down, if you are strong enough to defend yourself without getting out of control, nasty people will realize that they can’t get the big explosive reaction or diminutive defeat they want out of you, and most of the time they’ll just let up.

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The BULLY MAY LEARN SOMETHING

Another positive thing about standing up for yourself is that in the process, you may just teach the person picking on you a valuable lesson. This won’t happen every time; but there is a human heart at the core of every bully, no matter how mean. Somewhere in there, hidden deep, is a hurting person that is lashing out. Sometimes, if you choose to steadfastly defend yourself without lashing out at them in return, it can have an interesting harvest in their heart. If you are able to stand up for yourself while not tearing them down, they’ll see how differently things can be done. You never know, you may just plant a seed in their mind that will grow and grow until one day, they don’t pursue conflict in the same way.

Now, I’m not saying that my advice is perfect – some people are so damaged that they’ll just keep going, trying to make you crack. But if you can realize that they are not really fighting with you, but with their own crippling self esteem, you’ll see that exploding or shrinking isn’t the answer and a calm defense always wins. It’s all about keeping a cool head and being able to handle a confrontation with measured and assured confidence. Try to always remember what wonderful former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." So make sure you don’t let them. Do you have times when standing up for yourself or others has made a huge difference? Let me know, I’d love to hear about it!

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As a girl I was often bullied until one day I seriously found myself in a " get tough or die" situation. I had no alternative but to fight back. I was astounded to find the bullies quickly backed down and never troubled me again. It took a further 10 years before it really dawned on me that, "hey, I'm human too!". I worked hard to make sure my children had good self esteem and confidence.

Well said

Totally agree love it! Wish I'd known before work meeting I just got back from...xxx

I totally agree ! In 40 and just recently learned all these things - I've let people hold me back and not stand up because I didn't want disagreements and there's family that holds that against me - I no longer cry and take blame for others ! Today I'm string and refuse to go back - I'm so proud of who I am and have learned for the people who don't like me for me - oh flipping well get over it cuz I am

Every little girl or boy should read this

when someone is projecting an issue at you , hello, your just a conduit to mirror back to themselves their own issue , it's not about you , it's part of their inner growth , quit taking it personal if you are indeed strong within and secure you will have no reaction and take humbleness knowing you need not defend your self if have no issue taken from someone else's projection . if you do react then you you're self also have an issue just like the projector and they are then a conduit back to your self about your own issue . that's the mirror effect . not like any writers Here wud see that , we just see the writers insecurities in every single article . total snore !!!

I am suffering lately with this. I never take stand for myself and usually see people walking over me in my presence... not good at all! I have grown with siblings who are really confident and blunt. They have answers fo everything at the tip of their tongue. I feel too small infront if them because I am shy and more wise about life. I usually avoid arguments and alot of mishaps.. but the question us untill when can this continue.. me not taking stand for myself? I felt even more horrible when I had to face the world outside... my classmates, friends or people at internship said me anything they wanted and walked away leaving me with thoughts where i felt i am horrible. Then I thought about it and realized that everything begins at home.. if u cant stand for urself here infront of ur own siblings and always get crushed under their bluntness... then how can i take a stand out of home?... the change has to come. And today I am happy that 8 have started speaking up. God has given us one life and in that self respect matters. U cant be mean and let people do any crap with you. Start with small . Even if ur voice shakes.. still speak which will avoid later on guilt. Love and value urself .. u matter!

Hi Carla! Yes, I agree that it's important to be happy in yourself, but there are always situations where it is necessary to take a certain stand - it's not about insecurity, it's about letting that person know that what they are doing is not alright. Not everyone can find happiness in the same way so we need to know what our other options are.

Same problem happen to me all time..if I stood for myself ..I have to suffer ...the give me hard time..so if I didn't something wrong and they blame me..I always keep calm and cried ...what to do..

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