Chapter 13

How to make assertive decisions

‘Destiny isn’t a matter of chance: it’s a matter of choice.’

W.J. Bryan

Like all the other skills of assertiveness described in this text, being able to make decisions will be easier in some areas of your life than it is in others. By now you will have realised in which situations you find it easiest to be assertive. If you are assertive with your family, then you are most likely able to make decisions concerning the family more easily. So, choosing a school for your children or where to go on holiday will not be a problem – because you are confident of your ability in this area. If, however, you are unable to ask for help or say ‘no’ at work, then it will be more difficult for you to make work-related ...

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