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Do you ever come across a woman who oozes confidence, and you might even be slightly intimidated by her? Why is she so strong? Or maybe you’re that woman. Today I want to share 20 signs you’re a strong woman who intimidates people.

Years ago, when I was still hairdressing, one of my customers, who I’ll admit I actually had a crush on, told me that he was intimidated by me.

Me? What on earth for?

Apparently, I oozed confidence. That was so weird to me. I had little to no self-esteem at that time. I had just left an abusive relationship and was having a hard time coming into my own.

Yet he said I carried myself with such high confidence. That gave me hope to become confident and build my self-worth, self-esteem, self-respect, and more.

My ex had stripped all that away from me, and gaining all that was super hard. Now I’m not going to tell you I am the strongest woman in the world right now, but I have to be honest, I feel pretty soon and confident in who I am now, what I’ll put up with, and what I stand for

I hate to think I intimidate people, but I know I do. That’s never my goal. My goal is always to inspire and empower women to be their greatest and best selves.

So what are the 20 signs of a strong woman? Let’s get to that now.

20 Signs You’re a Strong Woman Who Intimidates People

In no order of importance, here are the 20 signs you’re a strong woman who might actually intimidate people. Before we go on, I want to say that if you intimidate people, that’s not your problem; that’s on them.

Don’t ever dim your light because it’s blinding people. The sun doesn’t gaf who it blinds.

1 She’s not afraid to say NO

No, no, no!! So many people will say yes just to please others, but not this girl. She’s done being a people-pleaser. She did all that all her life, and now she’s saying YES to herself and NO to others.

And if she doesn’t agree with something you’re doing or saying, she also has no qualms about saying NO. She’s done agreeing and saying yes just to fit in with the crowd or try to belong.

She’s not trying to fit in anywhere anymore, and she’s pretty happy dancing to the beat of her own drum.

2 She sets boundaries and sticks to them

She’s been treated with disrespect most of her life, and she’s not doing that anymore. She’s a new woman with new values, morals, and integrity. She’s not only saying NO but also drawing boundary lines that are nice and thick.

She’s done being a doormat, and she’s not letting anyone wipe their dirty feet on her anymore.

It has taken her a long time to form these boundary lines, and she’s not erasing them for anyone. She knows her self-worth is at risk, and she’s not prepared to weaken it any time soon.

3 She lifts other women up

She’s not in high school anymore and isn’t interested in competing against other women. This strong woman hopes we all succeed.

She will do what she can to help other women achieve their hopes and dreams.

The strong woman is encouraging and empowering and is happy to set an example for other women to follow.

4 She doesn’t mind asking for help

This is probably one of the best signs you’re a strong woman because, for some odd and unknown reason, people hate asking for help. I’ve never had an issue with that, weak or strong.

She knows she can’t do everything by herself and sometimes needs help, so she’s not afraid to ask for help.

She also understands that asking for help doesn’t make you weak, it makes you stronger and wiser, and she’s all about that.

5 She knows her weaknesses and works on them

A strong woman understands she is not always 100% strong and can recognize her weaknesses and work on them without judgment.

No one is perfect, and we have strengths and weaknesses, but an open-minded and strong person will actively work on trying to improve their lives.

If you recognize one of your weaknesses, she’ll be happy to help you work on it, too!

6 Gossip and judgment-free zone

The strong woman has no time for gossiping or judging others. To her, that is catty and immature, and she’s not having any of that nonsense.

She will walk away from anyone who gossips or is judgmental because she doesn’t want to be associated with them. If belonging to a certain crowd means gossiping, she’ll pass.

It’s just not her thing, and she also knows that if you are talking about one person, you will talk about her as soon as she walks away.

7 She stands up for what she believes in

There is no grey area here. If she believes in something, she will do so fiercely, and if it means she has to stand alone, then so be it.

So many people get swayed by others’ opinions that they easily go back and forth on a certain topic and will have no firm stance.

Not a strong woman, though. She has no problem standing firm, tall, proud, and alone if she has to.

8 She’s ok with being alone

While she sometimes wishes she had a lifelong partner, she’s okay with being alone and won’t sacrifice her morals or values OR her self-worth to be with a man.

She’s sacrificed herself for years so she wouldn’t be alone, but she’s not that woman anymore.

If she’s dating someone and red flags start popping up, she’s out. While she does try to see the good in others, she doesn’t overlook warnings.

9 She looks for the good in others

One of the most beautiful signs you’re a strong woman is that you always look for the good in others. I love this one the most, to be honest.

Yes, there is good and evil in all of us, but she doesn’t waste time pointing out the bad and focusing on it. Nope, not her.

She will take time to find the good and point it out to others so they can see it too. No one is perfect, and judging and pointing fingers aren’t her thing.

10 She’ll tell it like it is

She is a no BS gal. If you ask her a question, be prepared for an honest answer. She’s not going to sugarcoat things to protect your feelings.

Now hold up. She’s not mean and ignorant and isn’t out to hurt your feelings, either.

She’s just not afraid to tell it like it is. Open, honest, and upfront. And she expects and demands the same from others. Please don’t lie to her. What good will that do?

11 She’s powerful but not in an egotistical way

She knows she’s a powerful woman. She worked really hard to get to where she is today, but she doesn’t flaunt her power like an egomaniac.

She’s powerful in a very humble and confident way, hoping to inspire other women to find and take back their power too.

She understands that personal power can be dangerous, but she uses hers for good.

12 She has found and uses her voice

And this woman is NOT afraid to use her voice at all. If she doesn’t like something (i.e., trash talk, bullying, belittling others, etc.), she will stand up and end it.

She will be the voice for those who are weak or have no voice (children, animals, nature, you get the idea).

There was a time when she had no voice, and others stood up for her. She’s happy to be that voice and make a difference in people’s lives and the world.

13 Takes care of herself physically, emotionally, and spiritually

There was a time when she allowed toxic people into her life, and she took very little care of herself mentally, physically, and spiritually but not anymore!

She knows how important it is to maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and protect her mental health.

This particular one of the signs you’re a strong woman is a challenging one. Self-care requires so much discipline daily. It’s hard af so if you can manage this one successfully, kudos to you babe!

14 Heals her inner child and demons from the past

We all have demons from our past. Triggers, emotional pain, hurt, anger. You name it, we have it.

The strong woman takes the time to dig up all these past hurts from the past, address and heal the inner child and improve her life.

When we heal, we grow, and we help others heal. The strong woman knows that if she clings on to all her pain from the past, she’ll only project that pain onto others, and she will never be free.

15 Faces challenges bravely and fearlessly

A strong woman won’t shy away from challenges or procrastinate over them. She’ll look them dead on and figure out what it takes to overcome them.

Now, while I did say she does this fearlessly, allow me to backtrack and be honest about this. There’s fear—a little bit of fear.

She’ll take a deep breath, shoo away fear (yes, it’s hard to do but not impossible), and tackle this challenge.

16 Not afraid to travel solo

Let’s face it: traveling solo can be pretty scary and intimidating, but once you overcome your fear, you become liberated.

One sign you’re a strong woman is that you can bravely travel solo and not need anyone to keep you safe.

Don’t get me wrong now, she’s not reckless or careless about solo female travel. She is cautious and researches her destination so she’s prepared.

17 She helps the helpless

She won’t walk by someone needing help, whether a dollar for a coffee or someone stuck at a checkout who might be $5 short on their bill. She knows what it’s like to be down and out, as she’s been there before.

She will gladly stop and help a homeless person on the street, rescue a puppy if she can, or even help someone with their grocery bill.

She knows that being a blessing to others and giving generously makes a difference in the world and someone’s life. And that is super important to living a spiritual life.

18 Remains calm in stressful situations

Life isn’t always rainbows, lollipops, and unicorns. Sometimes it can be super stressful, and life has a habit of throwing some serious things at us.

The strong woman will take a step back from a situation and analyze it before flying off the ledge. She knows that everything is temporary, the good and the bad, and there’s a solution to every problem.

I feel that of the signs you’re a strong woman, this is the most admirable. To stay calm and level-headed during stressful times.

19 She sets goals: short-term and long-term

The strong woman knows how important it is to set goals in all areas of life, not just career-wise. She sets quarterly goals and works diligently to achieve them.

Mind mapping is just one of the tools she uses to plan her goals, and she swears by it and sticks to it.

She knows that without focus and setting goals, there is no growth.

20 She doesn’t care what people think of her

Ok, so this should have been the first of the signs you’re a strong woman, but I’ve saved the best for last.

She doesn’t waste time comparing herself to others. She’s not jealous of other women.

She loves herself the way she is, works hard to improve the areas that need improvement, and holds her head high with confidence!

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A Few More Signs You’re a Strong Woman

While I did keep this article to 20 signs you’re a strong woman; I know there are probably a million more signs!

Here are just a few more signs you’re a strong woman.

  • Don’t put up with anyone’s BS
  • Will walk away from drama or toxic people/conversations
  • Doesn’t cause a scene when things go bad
  • Has no problem complimenting other women
  • Knows what she wants and will go after it
  • Respects herself and other people

Do any of these signs describe you? If not, don’t worry. There’s still time to be a strong woman! It takes hard work and discipline.

It won’t happen overnight, but if you want to be a strong woman, you’ll do the work. Otherwise, you’ll find an excuse not to.

And listen, you’re gonna intimidate people, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Remember what I said, it’s not your problem!

If you need help or guidance on being a strong woman, check out my super awesome self-help eStore. Filled with all the tools you need to help you become the woman you want to be and live the life you deserve and desire.

peace and love

xo iva ox

Author: Iva Ursano

Title: Writer

Expertise: Anti-Aging, Mental Health

Iva is a 60-something woman, originally from Northern Ontario, Canada, who now resides in sunny Guatemala. She helps women over 50 love the skin they're in and empowers them to live their best lives ever. When she's not blogging, she's out on her scooter feeding and rescuing street dogs.  

You can also check out her amazing eStore here. It is full of powerful self-help eBooks, personal development courses, and so much more—ALL at affordable prices!

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