5 Assertiveness

“There’s boldness in being assertive, and there’s strength and confidence.”

Bryan Cranston

If you remember nothing else from this chapter, remember this:

“ You have the right to be assertive. ”

What this means is that you are entitled to express your feelings, needs, and ideas in ways that don’t violate others.

Even if you don’t see yourself as assertive, and struggle to act as if you are, by adopting the appropriate non-verbal behaviours you project the image of an assertive person. The more you’re perceived as assertive, the more assertive you will feel. The more assertive you feel, the more you will behave as if you are. Before you know it, you will have become an assertive person.

Frequently, people struggle to act ...

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