How to Stand Up for Something You Believe In

Standing up for what you believe in is one of the most important skills you'll need in life. People in life will always try to knock you down, but as long as you get back up, you're showing them that you can stand for what you believe in.


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    Believe in Yourself. The first step to getting anyone to believe in you is believing in yourself.
    • Do not let yourself think negatively. If you want to stand up for a good cause, you need to believe that you can make a difference. The ones who don't make differences are the ones who don't think they can.
    • Know what you are capable of. Never have doubts in yourself. You are capable of anything as long as you believe you can do it.
    • Don't listen to others put you down. The only reason why people say that you can't do something is because they don't think that they themselves could do it. Prove them wrong. Don't cave in to their insults, and stand up for what you believe in.
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    Write a letter if necessary. Often times, a letter is required to fully get your point across. If you believe something in the school system should be changed, you will need to contact the principal. Make sure that your letter is persuasive. Make sure you clearly state what you believe in. Add persuasive points, and offer help to complete the task. Seem dignified. Use clever phrasing of words. Show them that you are intelligent, and that you understand what you're talking about.
    • Bad- "The school's bathrooms are bad, I think they should be good. Please tell the custodians to make renovations."
    • Good- "It is a well known fact throughout our school that the bathrooms are in desperate need of renovations. I am willing to supply a sum of money in order to pay for these long-needed updates."
    • Know who you need to contact. Don't contact the president if you want to apply for a soccer team.
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    Make sure that you know what you believe in. Many people don't realize that they don't actually know what they believe in. Think it through-
    • Am I doing this because it's for a good cause?
    • Am I doing this because of a trend?
    • Will I probably still think this way in a few months?
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    Do you really think this way? You may actually lie to yourself just so that you believe you are doing it for the right reasons. Only you can determine if you really believe in something, not a trend.
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    Follow through. Don't start a petition, and then never hand it in. In order for people to really believe you are serious, you need to show them that you are dedicated. Leave no loose ends. Plan out any presentations, respond to arguments, and don't waste people's time. Why would you get everyone worked up about a show if you don't even have it planned? Don't get in an in depth conversation with someone discussing your thoughts just to no longer believe in what you did a few weeks later. Remember, you need to finish what you started.
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    Get help if needed. Some jobs are just too large to accomplish on your own. Inform friends and family about what you're doing, and tell them to tell others. Another way of doing this is starting a petition.


  • Make sure that what you're doing is actually for a good cause.
  • When your talking to a person don't raise your voice UNLESS you HAVE to
  • Get help if needed.
  • Writing a letter or starting a petition greatly improves your chances of people believing in you.


  • Follow through with what you want, or you might as well be wasting everyone's time.
  • Avoid getting into fights with people just because they may believe differently than you.
  • Don't get too excited. Sometimes, things may not go as planned.

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Categories: Assertiveness & Self Esteem | Social Activism