Do you take other people’s crap? By that I mean, do you let other people say or do inappropriate things to you that you don’t deserve?
I must admit that when I was a child, I didn’t defend myself. I let people walk all over me. Since I was too afraid to fight back, I became a human doormat! The best advice that my late mother ever gave me was, “Speak up, or be left behind.”
These are words of wisdom that I should have heeded many years before I actually did. I found that the better I felt about myself, the more I assertive I could be, and the more assertive I was, the better I felt about myself. I believe that’s called a virtuous cycle. (more…)