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Advocating  can be tricky, hard for some, easy for others.  Because you're dealing with all types of personalities.  There is no one size fits all, when it comes to the when, and how to advocate.

Advocating is doing what is needed , for a person or yourself, to bring about wholeness, or to right a situation.  It is true for the most part that good works, come out of good intentions.  Seek  good outcomes.

How you approach  a person or situation, and how you are approached, sets the tone for the entire transaction. Never leave your common sense, good judgement and intelligence at the door.

The most  successful advocating  happens when you keep calm, research the problem, go through the chain of command and either wait for an answer or a solution, move up the ladder of who to talk to next, or go elsewhere.

One thing is for sure , if a company can not see your point of view, you will be forced to re-evaluate how you're thinking about the problem.  By all means re-evaluate, research, feel confident in your solution.  If you know there is a better solution than what you're being given, move on to a different business, hospital, person or company.  Take time to leave a complaint letter.  And ask more specific questions whenever you do decide to go.   We learn as we walk through life .

It is always a  bad sign , when the people you meet in any type of organization are combative, belittling, arrogant, forceful and won't answer questions.

It doesn't matter if it's a  mechanic, doctor, school, handyman, dealership or hospital.  In these situations, it's best to walk away quickly.  If you're living in an area with  limited resources ,  it will mean standing your ground or going further away.  Many times it is worth it, to go elsewhere for a better solution.

There are times when our  backs are up against a wall , and we are we left with little choice.  Our car breaks down in the middle of nowhere.  We get a horrific diagnosis.  The only hotel room in the area is filthy.  The new manager that they hired in where you work, is on an ego, power trip.

The main thing to do in these situations, is to get out your paper and pen, and write everything down.   Document  times, dates, names, what occurred, be as accurate as possible.  Painting a clear picture of what is happening, when it is happening, even use your cell phone to take pictures.  This will give you a fighting chance when filing a complaint. Stand your ground in a calm, knowing manner.

Most of all, know that  you are not alone .  Many people face challenges daily.  Most of these problems don't need an answer or solution immediately.  Use common sense and look for other solutions.  Research, research, research.  Trust your gut feeling, your faith, which is that intuition that we all have.   Never panic!

Have, find, and nurture  trusting relationships . So that they can help you, and you can help them in times of need.  Relationships go both ways.

When someone asks your opinion  of a corporation, business, hospital, mechanic etc...and you have 1st hand knowledge, don't be silent. Don't gossip. Tell them your experience.  It should never be about them, finding out for themselves, if you know differently.  If you know it's bad, tell them.  Your experience can help or even save someone.  Let them decide on what to do with full information.

It is with hope and awareness that people find the courage that it takes, to stand for what is right, for yourself and loved ones in difficult situations with patience and grace.

Websters Dictionary  defines advocate as one that pleads the cause of another;  specifically.   I'm going to add to this...it is also one who stands up for their own well being.

WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO ADVOCATE

Advocating is protecting.  Protecting yourself and others.  This takes strength, courage, common sense and research.

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