Situations that are not
Violations of law and
(Be sure to consult the law, and/or customs relevant to your region and/or culture, or other applicable laws and regulations.)
(Be sure that your advocacy is based upon the person's expressed wishes, not what you believe they need.)
Define the problem: Become clear about the problem and your goals will be easier to achieve. Know the law regarding your issues.
Write out the possible options to achieve your goal: Select one or two issues that you would like to work on. Write each down as a clear statement, and follow through with your options and an evaluation of options, or how you would like to see them resolved. Make a list of the possible solutions to your problem.
Evaluate the Options: by writing out the Pros and Cons for each option, and select the option you feel most comfortable with. Please see: Problem Solving Training, or The Core Teaching to problem solve emotional issues.
Develop an Action Plan: We already have a good idea of what the problem is, and what we would like to accomplish. How can we accomplish it? Write a list of actions we can take. Break each task down into manageable steps. This may include documenting your case by keeping a log, or making sure you have a backup plan (in case you need to change your strategy). For example, because I wasn't getting replies to my emails, I chose to write an epistle, or record of my letters online at: Open Letter
Document all your efforts. Record all your calls, emails, text messages, and other efforts to communicate on your log with the date and time of call along with the purpose for doing so.
We need to learn to deal with the people who are controlling our lives. Be they our parents, attorneys, bankers, politicians or agents, we need to be prepared to meet with them, and be clear and concise about our own objectives, such as the need to be safe when we're afforded new opportunities, to have the time to make careful decisions with our funds, rather than confounded by homelessness with a grant, or award, or chased from town to town after ratting out a harassing drug dealer in your building to obtain new housing. You'll find an example of how this is done at: Survival Ground
And finally, evaluate your work: Review what you did, how you did it, and determine if you've accomplished what you set out to do. What further steps do you need to take to be successful in getting want you want? If the solution you originally selected did not work out, what about the other options? Please see: Evaluation Form, and how can you help others? See: Local Agencies
Don't give up! Even if many attempts to reach our goal hasn't worked out, keep trying! Sometimes we have to revise our plan to try other strategies. For example, I found that reporting wasn't always helpful. We are required to report crimes that lead to injury to pay for the treatments we receive, but that's such a dangerous job to do that some of our Churches have chosen to provide free alternatives to State sponsored health care and supplemental food services - replacing the need for government sponsored services that are too dangerous to use. Keep working on your goals until you're satisfied! If we stop before we're resolved and content, we're likely to loose faith in ourselves, and our Creator. We're here for a purpose, and one of them is to do the job we've been given to do: to help our Creator with the task we find most difficult to do (perhaps because he's been unable to do it for himself). We'll know we've accomplished our goal when we've achieved piece of mind, are able to rest transparently in the power that created us, and content with the work we've done for the Creator.