Assertiveness:  Learn to say “Yes” 

Learning to say “no” is a  common assertiveness skill, but also learning to say “yes” and asserting yourself is key to taking advantage of opportunities and experiences you want in your life.

Assertiveness is about being aware of your needs and aligning your thinking to match them.

For example, is work-family balance an important value to you but you’re always too busy to achieve it? If yes, use assertiveness to grab opportunities for fitting in a family picnic, an evening family card game or a day together with your family at a farmer’s market.

It’s easy to avoid the stress of juggling priorities by simply not doing things like this, but assertiveness can help you behave more opportunistically so things you truly value don’t pass you by, leaving you to regret later what you didn’t do.

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  1. This is a very important concept. Often opportunities will find us but we are too insecure to accept them. Saying yes is very lacking from my experience. For instance, I am on the nominating committee in my church and less than 50% of members accept the call to be church officers. Among those who do, less than 50% accept the call for group leadership. Saying yes can be a valuable way to gain experience.

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