Manufacture Your Day by BEING ASSERTIVE

Yesterday I wrote about kindness and today I want to reinforce the importance of being assertive. 

The definition of assertiveness in the Cambridge Dictionary: “Someone who is assertive behaves confidently and is not frightened to say what they want or believe.”

Many people are confused about the discrepancy of aggressiveness and assertiveness but there are some key differences. 

Aggressive people are self-focused and often come across as having the need to win and they feed into people fears rather than their confidence. Their body language and tone of voice may indicate that they are in a attacking mode. 

Assertive people like to stand up for themselves but have no intention of hurting others. They are solution oriented, look for win-win situations and an ongoing idea exchange is important to them. 

Here are 5 tips on how you can learn to become more assertive:

  • Make the decision to be confident and politely stand up for yourself
  • Stay calm
  • Be decisive and learn to say “No”
  • Take a solution oriented approach when you find yourself in a conflict situation
  • Agree to disagree

Are you ready, willing and able to stand up for yourself?

Always remember that everything you allow will continue. 

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