Jul 27, 2021
How to Advocate for Yourself
Here at GrasshoppHer we often find it difficult to take the time to advocate for ourselves. Whatever the roadblock, it is important to find time to prioritize yourself for the sake of your career development and mental health. If you do not honor you, who will?
Sheryl Lawrence
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2 min. read

Here at GrasshoppHer we often find it difficult to take the time to advocate for ourselves. Some of us have the tendency to focus on work and impact, while others focus on team dynamics and colleagues’ needs rather than our own. Whatever the roadblock, it is important to find time to prioritize yourself for the sake of your career development and mental health. If you do not honor you, who will? We have put together a few tips to push through perceived or real blockers. We hope they serve as confidence and integrity boosters in the long run. Practice makes perfect, right?


  1. Know your worth. You have a lot to offer the world, and it is important to understand that! It can be difficult to get to this point in your mind. To help with this, tell yourself every day that you are worthy of love, understanding, and the best the world can offer.
  2. Know what you want. It is impossible to get someone on your side of a project without knowing exactly what you want. Understanding what you want and what angle you are going to present the opposing party is important to success in this area.
  3. Assert yourself clearly and communicate effectively. Be sure to not attack the organization or the character of the other individual because this will result in the other party getting defensive. 
  4. Target your efforts (aka pick your battles). Understand that you can’t fight for yourself in every situation - in some situations it will be better to exit. There are only so many hours in one day and you have limited energy, so be sure to be using that time and energy where it really matters.
  5. Be firm and persistent. Sometimes you are not going to get it on the first try and that’s alright - continue trying and you will get there!


Remember! We are here to help you, so please feel free to reach out to the GrasshoppHer community if you need assistance.


xoxo,


GrasshoppHer