Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Assertiveness and Self-Confidence

What Does Self-Confidence Mean To You?

Self-confidence plays an important role in our everyday lives. Being confident allows us to set and reach our goals. It provides stability when we are faced with a challenge; it gives us that push that helps us overcome difficulties. Self-confidence is necessary in our personal and professional lives. It gives us the ability to stand up to face our challenges and to pick ourselves up when we are down.

What is Assertiveness?

An assertive person is confident and direct in dealing with others. Assertive communications promote fairness and equality in human interactions based on a positive sense of respect for self and others. Directly communicating one's needs, wants, and opinions without punishing, threatening, or putting down another person is the goal.

Assertive behavior includes the ability to stand up for a person’s legitimate rights without violating the rights of others or being overly fearful. A skill that can be learned, assertive behavior is situational specific, meaning different types of assertive behavior can be used in different situations.

Assertive behavior involves three categories of skills; self-affirmation, expressing positive feelings, and expressing negative feelings. 

What is Self-Confidence?

Self-confidence is a belief in oneself, one's abilities, or one's judgment. It is freedom from doubt. When you believe you can change things or make a difference in a situation, you are much more likely to succeed.

As a self-confident person, you may walk with a bounce in your step. You can control your thoughts and emotions and influence others. You are more prepared to tackle everyday challenges and recover from setbacks. All of this leads to a greater degree of optimism and life satisfaction.

Until next time ...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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