Personal Bill of Rights

The right to have and express your thoughts, feelings and opinions without qualification or apology.

The right to have your thoughts, feelings, and rights respected.

The right to be listened to and taken seriously by your peers, subordinates, bosses, friends or foes.

The right to ask for what you wantwhether or not others think the request is sensible, logical or prudent, and realizing that the other person has a right to say no.

The right to make mistakes and take responsibility for them.

The right to ask for information no matter how basic or self-evident.

The right to say NO without apology or excuse.

The right to make a decision on your own terms without feeling compelled to justify or state the reasons for making it.

The right to NOT feel guilty about choosing your needs over someone else’s.

The right to be independent and successful.

The right to maintain your dignity by being properly assertive even if the other person feels hurt, as long as you do not violate the other person’s basic human rights.

The right to initiate a discussion of a problem with the person involved, in order to clarify it.

The right to change.

The right to choose not to be assertive.


adapted from:

Civilized Assertiveness for Women, Judith Selee McClure, Ph.D. 2003, and
Assertion Training: A Facilitator’s Guide, Colleen Kelley 1979

CLICK HERE to view the UNITED NATIONS Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Be the change you want to see in the world. ~Gandhi


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