My employing assertive behavior is a sign that I truly love and respect myself. My statements always begin with the word “If’ thereby asserting my rights and beliefs. It reflects my sense of self-worth and helps me to feel secure about my values. Assertive behavior reduces my fear and anxiety as I realize that I can get my needs met and defend myself when necessary; i do not have to approach others with the fear of being hurt or controlled. I am the ruler of my own destiny and my assertive behavior demonstrates confidence in my ability to stand up for my rights. I am learning to reinforce and validate my self-esteem in my interactions with others.