1.1 Assertiveness: Assertiveness is a feeling
of self-worth in dealing with others. It involves a lot of self-control. Non-assertive people may end up being influenced
by a bad environment or they may make wrong choices that they regret later. Non-assertive persons can not interact well with
others because they can not state their opinions or advance their interests or the interests of the group they belong to.
A non-assertive attitude becomes in the long run a feeling of inferiority that could be exploited. Non-assertive persons may
feel so bad about themselves that they eventually react in socially destructive ways. Non-assertive persons are easily influenced
by bad company and end up committing evil. Assertiveness is not aggression but is closely related. Do not cross the line between
the two. You can show anger without being bad. Learn to state your opinion without being hostile. Learn to defend your position
without being defensive.
Being assertive is learning to take control. A person who has self-control can stand
up to the temptations of shaitan. The following are needed for you to take control
of your self: self- confidence, self-esteem, self-reliance, self-control, self-discipline, and self-development.
1.3 Self-discipline: Self discipline is needed for success. Control your whims
and emotions. Stickability is a good trait; do not accept defeat easily. Act according to long-term and not short-term interests.
Do not act impulsively. Follow your head and not your emotions. Trust your instincts.
2.0 SELF CONFIDENCE and SELF ESTEEM
2.1 Self-confidence: Self-confidence is to know yourself, your strengths and
weaknesses, to be comfortable with what you are, and to be psychologically secure. Children are born with a lot of self-confidence.
They lose it as they grow through various negative experiences. Others’ views and comparing one self with others are
among the causes of loss of self-confidence. True confidence is expressed and shows quietly. Many inconfident people make
noise to hide their inner weakness.
2.2 Self-esteem: You can raise your self-esteem by being secure psychologically
about yourself. You must accept and appreciate what you are. You have to love yourself and know that whatever Allah endowed
you with is the best for you. Look around you and identify people you admire. Try to emulate the qualities you admire in them.
Stay with good people who radiate self-esteem and confidence. Congratulate and encourage yourself on any progress you make
in emulating good behavior. Learn to compliment and congratulate others who have traits and behaviors that you admire. This
will keep you from negative attitudes and diseases like envy and will push you along on the road to developing your own self-esteem.
Avoid people with bad character and behavior. Others who do not know will consider you to be one of them. It is easier for
a big mountain to move than for bad character to change. Do not repeat a mistake. Remember that character is consistent. Bad
behavior is rarely an accident. It can be forgiven but can not be erased
Self-help and self-improvement are very important for the individual. They are in essence taking charge of your life,
relying on yourself in solving problems, and taking the initiative to improve. It is only emotionally mature individuals who
can rely on themselves. Dependency is childhood. Self-help and self-reliance should however not be taken to the extreme. There
are occasions when you need help and must have networks for providing this help. Refusing to ask for help when needed is a
cause of stress and is not wise. Economic self-reliance is necessary in order not to be a burden on others and also to assert
your self-esteem. However the need to keep your self-esteem should never make you refuse to seek help when you actually need
it. A vital distinction must be made between being childish and child-like. Childishness is dependency and inability to achieve
emotional maturity, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Child-like on the other hand is a very positive attribute. It emphasizes
being explorative, taking initiative, being bold to experiment, being optimistic, and not feeling defeated or cornered. These
behaviors are found in children and tend to annoy parents. They are very useful for the adult. The mistake is for children
to grown up too soon or for adults to regress to childhood in the way they use these attributes.
4.0 PROJECTING A POSITIVE IMAGE
Projecting a positive image helps build credibility and leads to success. We are not talking about
a phoney image that is discovered sooner or later with disastrous consequences. The image must be backed up by real achievements.
It is better to under promise but over deliver. Perceptions are very strong determinants of behavior. You have to keep away
from negative perceptions and cultivate positive ones. Two individuals looking at the same reality have different perceptions
because of their prior life experiences. Always evaluate yourself. The perceived image may not be the intended image. The
difference is crucial. Self- confidence and self-discipline are ingredients of a positive image. You have to start by discovering
your strengths and enhancing them. You have to acknowledge your weaknesses and compensate for them. A positive image needs
maintenance by regular self-evaluation and taking corrective action where needed. A positive image must be maintained in difficult
times; this will require extra effort. Keeping company with people who have a positive self-image will help you develop your
own image. Positive thinking is contagious; it spreads to those around. Your communication with others (letter, fax, telephone,
and conversation ) is an exercise in image projection. Physical appearance (clothes, hair, cleanliness) also project image.
Dress well but not for arrogance. Good manners, correct etiquette, and sensitivity enhance the image. Your voice, handshake,
smiles, body language, and eye contact can make or unmake your image. Your posture and manner of walking can tell a lot about
you. Solving your personal problems and keeping out of depression, anxiety or stress help maintain your positive self-image.
5.0 ENTREPRENEURIAL ATTITUDE
You need to develop an entrepreneurial attitude. This requires developing initiative, optimism, and
self-confidence in order to bolster your creativity. Take calculated risks. Look for opportunities and exploit them. Perseverance
and determination are necessary for continued success.