Learn to be Assertive and Love it!

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A new, confident you

Somebody cuts in front of you in the grocery store line. You're irritated but don't say anything. You disagree with your boss, but say nothing. Sound familiar?

You think: I'm confident, I'm smart, and I know what I want. Why can't I just say it? Being assertive—standing up for yourself and speaking your mind in a clear yet respectful way—can be remarkably hard on a good day. We worry if we ask for what we need, we'll put someone out. Or that we'll come across as a you-know-what. So we just let what we want go unsaid.

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