All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney
I see so many people that are stuck in their lives (me too at times!). Often it is because people are afraid to risk, to try something new or to leave their comfort zone. To become more courageous on the road to achieving your goals, sometimes working on improving your Assertiveness Skills can help you make the most of every opportunity along the way. In the Assertiveness eLearn module I have included an “Assertiveness Bill of Rights” to help students think further about their basic rights as a person (don’t forget to sign up by emailing me…hint hint hint!!). I think that the right “I have the right to make mistakes” speaks volumes in mustering up the courage to pursue your dreams. Without the permission to make mistakes you miss out on so much. Give yourself permission!!! I have learned the most in my life from my mistakes…and the ability to dust myself off and try another strategy. I have learned that I am more resilient that I once believed and that I can persevere in the face of adversity. In the past, I did not believe that about myself. Without the courage to try, you may miss the many opportunities that present themselves along your road to attaining your goals, such as volunteer opportunities, career possibilities, chances to get involved on campus, etc.
Today… try to notice the opportunities that come your way that you may have, in the past, just ignored or thought “I could NEVER do that”. Take those times and really think about them. Could you push your comfort zone a little and try it out? What opportunities may come from asking that professor the question you were too nervous to ask?
Start building your courage today and begin heading down a successful pathway that allows you to fully take part in your own life!
Remember to sign up for the eLearn modules by emailing me. I have more hints, tips and tricks that can help you stretch and grow in the area of Assertiveness. Really! There are some helpful things there!
Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)
FG Success Coach @ Mohawk College