The Power Of Self-Advocacy: Access A Higher Quality Of Life

Dr. Whitney Gordon-Mead
4 min readMay 8, 2023

If you’ve achieved the life you always desired — the career and the comfort of the “American Dream” — confident communication may be a skill that comes naturally for you. However, speaking up so that you achieve your career goal, the big house, and the fancy car might not be enough to provide sustained happiness and fulfillment in life.

As you evolve and develop spiritually, your idea of success may shift. This is when advocating for what you truly want can bring greater balance and fulfillment.

Practicing self-advocacy is about effectively communicating your needs, desires, and values. This skill is not merely about speaking up for yourself, but also nurturing self-awareness and self-acceptance. By doing so, you become more adept at identifying and expressing exactly what you want.

Self-advocacy is essential for your long-term personal growth and satisfaction. When you communicate your needs and desires, you create the opportunity for a life that aligns with your values and passions. This, in turn, leads to a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment.

When you cultivate the mindset of asking for what you want, you are able to access a higher quality of life. To fully understand how advocating for yourself can positively impact your life, let’s look at the benefits, the challenges, and how your self-advocacy skills can be further developed.

Benefits of Self-Advocacy

Increased opportunities

When you self-advocate, it shows that you value yourself and your ideas. Focus on speaking up about your needs and desires daily until it becomes a habit. This can lead to new opportunities that inspire greater passion in your life.

Enhanced relationships

Being able to clearly articulate your needs and desires helps foster more honest and open communication in your relationships. This can lead to stronger, more meaningful connections with friends, family, and coworkers.

Improved overall well-being

Not speaking up for your needs can lead to feelings of overwhelm, which can lead to stress, anxiety, and even depression. By advocating for yourself, you take an active role in…

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Dr. Whitney Gordon-Mead
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CEO Intuit Wisdom, Speaker, Certified Coach, Ordained Minister. Dr. Whitney helps powerful women master the magic of life to experience freedom and fulfillment.