Assertiveness – The Human Rights

Recently I have been untangling self-doubt. As I was taking some time out today to read and reflect, I came across the following Bill of Assertive Human Rights in When I Say No, I Feel Guilty by Manual Smith. They resonated with me and subsequently I wanted to share them with you.

You have the RIGHT –

  1. to judge your own behavior, thoughts, and emotions, and to take the responsibility for their initiation and consequences upon yourself,
  2. to offer no reasons or excuses for justifying your behavior,
  3. to judge if you are responsible for finding solutions to other people’s problems,
  4. to change your mind,
  5. to make mistakes – and be responsible for them,
  6. to say, “I don’t know
  7. to be independent of the goodwill of others before coping with them,
  8. to be illogical in making decisions,
  9. to say, “I don’t understand”
  10. to say, “I don’t care”
  11. to say no without feeling guilty.”


Reflection –

  1. What do you think? Do you think these statements could help you develop your assertiveness?
  2. Are there any other statements you would add? If so, what are they?


If you are ready to take yourself on the adventure of getting to know yourself (your true self), why not join the Toolkit? A place where I share tools, inspiration and ideas to live a courageous and openhearted life.

Comments are closed.