Assertiveness is a significant challenge for many of us, but it’s the most effective form of communication. While many people are naturally passive or aggressive, it’s possible to learn to communicate in an assertive manner. Being assertive means communicating your opinions, wants, and needs in an appropriate and honest manner.
Ultimately, being assertive is about having the courage to reveal yourself to the world without fear of criticism. Being assertive means you’re willing to be visible and not give away your rights.
There are many barriers to becoming more assertive, but this is common for any worthwhile endeavor. The barriers are overcome by taking baby steps. Most of the fears associated with assertive communication exist only in your mind. Make the effort to overcome these fears.
Adopting a more assertive means of communication will enhance your life in numerous ways. You’ll be more in control of your life and get the respect you deserve. You’ll be able to live life on your terms. Your relationships with your friends, family, and coworkers will be more enjoyable.
Start small and give your opinion when asked. Then, give your opinion without being asked. Finally, begin providing a few compliments and a few pieces of constructive criticism. You’ll be hooked after you start to see the positive results that assertive communication provides!
“The two words 'information' and 'communication' are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.”
- Sydney J. Harris
We have been looking at communication over the last 5 weeks and I would love to hear your wins and where you are learning more about yourself. Feel free to leave me a comment below and don’t forget to sign up as a member so you always get a reminder that a new blog post is out.
Also, if you are finding it difficult getting through the barriers and you just don’t want to do it alone, schedule a clarity call with me. Let’s find out what is holding you back from the extraordinary person I know you are!