The Bill of Inalienable Rights

I ALWAYS have the right to:

• State what I want regardless of whether I can get it.

• Express my opinion and feelings.

• Make my own decisions and change it if I wish.

• Decline from explaining my actions or refuse to give an excuse for it.

• Turn down a request with out guilt. I can say NO.

• Accede to a request but put boundaries upon compliance.

• Not be discriminated against.

How does one act assertively? When defending your bill of rights remember to take four steps

1. Be Direct. Don't beat around the bush. State your mind (thoughts, ideas, needs) without excuses.

2. Take full responsibility. Specially when giving opinions, make it clear that it is not a universal truth but your opinion. This step allows people to be more receptive to you. It also enables them to see you as unwavering. Preface your statements with "My feeling is that", "I think...", "In my opinion..." "My understanding ".

3. Be calm and in control. Let your words, tone, and body language

show restraint. Do not let others influence your response, 4. Be objective and polite. Make no personal or character attacks

Send mail to Joseph R Plazo with questions or comments about this book. Copyright © 2000 Exceed International Last modified: December 28, 2000

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