I know too many people who let life happen to them. The don’t like to rock the boat. They don’t like confrontation. Who does? Well, okay, there are those who do enjoy that sort of thing. In general, most people would prefer to avoid confrontation. However, there comes a time when you need to take action on certain things.
Not making enough money at work? Drowning in bills? Speak up. Ask for a raise, or maybe a bonus, or perhaps a shift change, or picking up extra hours… something.
Kids not doing well with virtual school? Speak up. The teacher knows. Ask for assistance. Yes, I can tell you the teacher is probably overwhelmed too, but schedule a time that the two of you can figure out a way to help your child succeed. That includes the teacher, your child, and you. All three of you have a stake in this venture. Don’t expect the teacher to do it all… and the teacher should not expect you to do it all either. Ya’ll are a team, along with your child. They have to put forth an effort, too.
In life there are times you have to step up and be bold enough to ask questions. This is one of my strong points. If I don’t understand something, I ask questions. You don’t understand what you don’t know. If you are a person who doesn’t like to speak up, let me ask you these questions…
- If you don’t say anything, will anything change?
- If you don’t ask questions, will you gain understanding?
- If you aren’t the one to be bold and speak up, who is?
- Is it important enough that you will step out of your comfort zone?
- What is stopping you from being bold?
It is okay to ask questions. It is okay to speak up and point out errors or inconsistencies. It is okay to be bold!
*Being bold does not mean being rude. When you speak up, or ask questions, do so respectfully. People may not be respectful in return, because you may have ruffled some feathers. Continue to maintain your calm and respectful tone. You have a right to understand whatever situation it is you are taking a stand on. Be sure to do your research first, so you are able to be bold, with confidence, that you are questioning a legitimate concern. Do not approach someone with accusatory statements. Ask respectful questions.
Something on your mind? Speak up. Be bold.