Today’s Thought: To be passive is to let others decide for you. To be aggressive is to decide for others. To be assertive is to decide for yourself and to trust that there is enough and that you are enough.
Practicing assertiveness is transforming my life at the moment. It’s allowing me not only to be honest with others, but also be to be honest with myself. I feel more powerful and tranquil than I have before – not because I am getting what I want all the time, but because I am being listened to; because I am standing up for what I believe in and I am finding my voice.
Don’t be passive – you give away your power.
Don’t be aggressive – no one respects your power.
Be assertive – everyone has equal power.
Through this practice of honest assertiveness, I have found that taking back my power doesn’t mean that I am in total control or that everything goes my way. It turns out that isn’t what having power means. Having power just means being heard, being respected, practicing acceptance and learning to understand one another.
If only that kind of power ruled the world – it would be a very different place!