How to Stand Up for Yourself

Do you struggle to stand up for yourself? Many women don’t like to cause conflict and tend to be reserved when it comes to setting boundaries or speaking out against things that are offensive or disrespectful. This week, Danielle discusses why this is so hard and ways to meet the challenge of standing up for ourselves.

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Tips for Standing Up for Yourself

1. Know that it is hard, but you can do hard things.
2. Think about what advice you would offer a friend or daughter in a similar circumstance.
3. Ask for help! Seek advice from someone who has an easier time speaking out.
4. Practice! You might want to plan exactly what to say ahead of time and go through it a few times so you will feel more confident.
5. Consider your communication habits. Are there ways you diminish your perspective that are unhealthy or unfair? 
6. Pray for clarity. God can help you know when to speak out and when to stay silent.

Listener Feedback

Danielle shares a voice message from Heather who was grateful for the recent episode on addiction and recovery with guest Keaton Douglas.

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Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean is the author of many books on Catholic marriage, motherhood, and women’s spirituality, and a well-known Catholic podcaster and media figure. In all of her efforts, Danielle encourages and celebrates all women on their unique vocational paths. She is the host of the Girlfriends podcast as well as the author of Momnipotent: The Not-So-Perfect Woman’s Guide to Catholic Motherhood, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday, and You Are Enough.

Danielle is a dynamic retreat leader and an engaging speaker on a variety of subjects related to Catholic family life, education, marriage, and motherhood. She has been married to her husband, Dan, for 26 years and together they have 8 children.

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