#036 – Preparing for Change (Assertiveness Pt 7) [Podcast]

Before we get to the assertiveness skills, there are a few last steps to consider.  You need to lay the groundwork for change in your life.

Preparing for Change

Preparing for Change

Before we embark on strategies to put more assertive styles of communication in our lives, we want to go over a few more suggestions to think about assertiveness, relationships, and change.

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#035 – Replace Your Thoughts (Assertiveness Pt 6) [Podcast]

Now that we have covered stinking thinking that prevents us from establishing assertive styles of communication, how can you replace your thoughts with beliefs that push you toward assertiveness?

Replace Your Thoughts

Replace Your Thoughts

In a previous episode, we talked about the overall aspects of Stinking Thinking.  Last week, we talked about how this applies to assertiveness.  Now, what types of beliefs and thoughts actually encourage us toward assertiveness?  And how do you replace your thoughts anyway?

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#034 – Stinking Thinking (Assertiveness Pt 5) [Podcast]

Whatever your mind can conceive and believe it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill

Stinking Thinking

Stinking Thinking

In a previous episode, we talked about the overall aspects of Stinking Thinking.  How does Stinking Thinking apply to the topic of Assertiveness?  What are some examples of stinking thinking that can thwart our attempts to develop an assertive style of communication?

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#033 – Social Barriers (Assertiveness Pt 4) [Podcast]

It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. - Albert Einstein

Social Barrier

Social Barrier

Seems obvious, only an idiot would try to keep doing the same thing and expect different results, right? But the truth is I’m guilty of it, my friends are guilty, my family are guilty and I guess each one of you reading this is also guilty of the syndrome. If change were easy we would all be different, more successful, healthier, fitter, stronger, slimmer, more intelligent and definitely more accomplished. But we are not. And here’s the reasons why.

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#032 – Stress Barrier (Assertiveness Pt 3) [Podcast]

Stress is inevitable. A stress barrier can be a great inhibitor to establishing a habit of assertiveness.  Stress walks in and out of our lives on a regular basis. And it can easily walk all over us unless we take action.

Stress Barrier

Stress Barrier

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to minimize and cope with stress.  In this episode of First Things, we talk about how to minimize stress, re-evaluate our appraisal of stressful situations, and dealing with a stress barrier when in the middle of stress.

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#031 – Assertiveness vs Aggressiveness (Assertiveness Pt 2) [Podcast]

What exactly is assertiveness?  What is the difference between assertiveness vs aggressiveness?  What about passivity or being passive-aggressive?

Assertiveness vs Aggressiveness

Assertiveness vs Aggressiveness

Many people believe that assertive and aggressive behavior means the same thing. The first step in managing difficult people at work is to clear up this confusion.  What is the difference in assertiveness vs aggressiveness?

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#030 – Assertiveness Pt 1: Introduction [Podcast]

For most of my life, I wasn’t assertive enough at work (I’m usually assertive enough in my personal life, but even there, I’m not always assertive enough). I was scared to death to speak in public. I’d often allow others to walk all over me, often ending in disastrous work situations. I was usually willing to state my ideas, but I would usually fold immediately in the face of criticism of those ideas.

Assertiveness

Assertiveness

The Assertiveness Workbook by Dr. Randy Paterson takes on the spectrum of assertiveness problems and strives to point people towards an appropriate, mentally healthy level of assertiveness in their lives. Having that appropriate level allows a person to easily stand up for themselves, their ideas, and their goals, enabling them to climb the career ladder and build what they want for themselves. Let’s dig in.

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#029 – Timothy Moser Interview: Your Life an Experiment [Podcast]

Timothy Moser is the host of the ACE Productivity podcast as well as blogging on his AceProductivity.com site.  Timothy has been a long supporter of my show, and has tremendous insights on experimenting in life.

Timothy Moser

Timothy Moser

I find the idea of experimenting with life not only fun, but essential for true productivity.  I recently caught up with Timothy to talk about this topic.

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#028 – Neil Fiore Interview (The Now Habit Pt 11) [Podcast]

We have spent over two months talking about the issue of procrastination.  Now, let’s hear from the man who wrote the book!  Neil Fiore is interviewed in this episode.

Neil Fiore

Neil Fiore

This is an older interview of Neil’s, and in it he covers many of the fundamental ideas of the Now Habit and overcoming procrastination.

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#027 – Dealing with Procrastinators (The Now Habit Pt 10) [Podcast]

What about dealing with procrastinators?  It is one thing to learn how to personally overcome procrastination. But how do we handle living in a world dominated by procrastination?

Dealing with Procrastinators

Dealing with Procrastinators

By knowing the techniques to overcome procrastination, you are already at a huge advantage in dealing with procrastinators. A key idea is to not be a “dictator” in the lives of people, but rather be a “consultant.”

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