A new year is coming, and it's a good opportunity to look at your work, your relationships and your needs, and improve your situation using your own voice. Yes, you can definitely do it — and you have the power to make real change. However, being your own advocate — standing up for yourself, and for what you want and need, without waiting for somebody else to come forward and argue your case — can be very difficult. Between not wanting to appear too "aggressive" — whatever that means — or not having the tools to assess your rights in the first place, advocating for yourself can be a tricky skill, but an important one. Why not make 2019 the year you learn how to do it well?
You've likely been your own advocate in many ways your whole life: when you applied for jobs and promotions, put your hand up for challenging opportunities at college, or told your partner and family that you need to change careers even though they disapprove, you're asserting yourself and communicating your needs. The past year has seen an influx of women advocating for themselves politically with huge energy and success, fighting for their future loudly and assertively. However, there's another country that needs an advocate, and that's the nation of you — and you're its most important voice. Here's how to harness it.