6 attitude changes that can help women stand up for themselves

BP World Research | Feb 19 2019
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For a woman to find her voice or to speak up for her own self is tough in a patriarchal society. While the world has been abuzz with talks on gender equality and women empowerment pace of real results is slow.

Being strong cannot really be defined. It is a personal choice and the definition can vary from one woman to another. Where one woman can define strength as competing or getting better than her male colleagues, another could find strength in quitting her career and focusing her energies on meeting the needs of her family.

That said, irrespective of the life choices that a woman makes, she is sure to face societal opposition and judgment constantly. And that’s really not an easy life condition to live with.

However, with the changing times, more and more women are now embracing their inner strength and learning to live on their own terms. And that truly is the definition of a strong woman- A woman who understands her inner capabilities and values the importance of living by her own rules.

Are you already thinking about what makes this new species of women called ‘strong women’? Well, honestly, it is nothing but a few attitude qualities that set them apart.

Read on, or even better, try and imbibe the following attitude changes while learning to stand up for yourself as a strong woman.

1. Learn to speak up

Well, what could be more empowering for a woman than to be able to speak up her mind?

Being afraid of exposing your ideas and thoughts is a thing of the past. As women of the 21st century, it is important to learn to fearlessly express your opinions, irrespective of your audience type.

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In a world full of chaos and noise, that’s the only way to be heard. In the era of cut-throat competition, who will listen if you don’t speak up? So fight your fears and Speak up, or shout if you have to but learn to set your inner voice free.

2. Choose to ignore the negative opinions and judgments coming your way

Why let all those negative comments and opinions from ill mongers affect your vision when you truly believe in the strength of your thoughts?

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The world might have a different expectation from you. For centuries the society has seen women playing only subtle roles. So there could be loud apprehensions from all around that could build fences and restrict things that you would like to initiate. Why worry about all of these. You know the immense potential that you have hidden deep within.

It’s hard to please everybody and sometimes what we speak might not be music to someone else. But what is important is to listen and follow what you think is right for you. Do not get into that shield from negative opinions and judgments.  You need to move ahead with what you think is right for you.

Remember, yours is the only opinion that matters.

3. Make your own decisions

All strong women inherently have a vision for their lives and are always confident about their life’s desires and choices. You won’t catch them taking an opinion poll from their male counterparts asking about what is right for them.

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They understand the value of self-reflection while making their life decisions. They might end up being right or wrong, just like everybody else, but relying on themselves for their life decisions is a way of life for strong women.

No harm in seeking views from people around. But be an analyst for yourself and evaluate keeping in mind your own priorities. 

4. Value yourself

Irrespective of whether you choose to work or support your family needs while staying at home, it is important to maintain a healthy balance in your everyday activities.

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A day is not just a day that comes and goes. That’s 24 hours of your life! And your life is precious, just like that of your boss, your kids or your family. Caring for yourself, getting enough sleep, choosing health activities and finding time for what you love; should feature within your daily goals.

Remember, self-love is not selfishness. It is an attitude that can help you value your life as much as others.

5. Set your boundaries

This is perhaps a very noticeable trait common to all strong women. They are always sure and know when to say a “yes” or a “no”. They know the importance of setting their own boundaries rather than allowing society to do it for them.

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Be it deciding to go/not go for a party, considering a work opportunity or choosing to stay at home, deciding how to raise their kids or choosing their drinks; they are completely self-dependent and decide their own boundaries.

6. Stop being a cry baby

So, you say that you’re not strong because of your circumstances, lack of family support or the complete chaos that makes up your life? Well, if you’ve read this far and are ready to start a journey of strength and courage, this is an important attitude change that you need to grasp.

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Stop blaming life and its circumstances. Rather, stand up, turn your messy situations into valuable learning experiences and use them to climb up the ladder of life. That’s what all strong women around you follow as a rule.

There is no “moving ahead” in life without a significant fill of inner strength and self-confidence. Remember, “You cannot pour from an empty cup”. Irrespective of the life path you choose as a woman, changing your attitude and standing up for yourself and your opinion is what sets you apart. That’s what makes you a strong woman.

Follow the aforementioned pieces of suggestions on attitude change and see your inner beauty glow with confidence and strength. And well, you can thank us later.

Bring out the much-needed attitude change in yourself and raise your girls to be strong women following your own example. Cheers to girl power.