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My Personal Bill Of Rights…

If we can begin to believe that we deserve these rights and also learn to exercise them, then we can build a more assertive attitude and happier sense of self. The result is that we begin respect ourselves enough to be conscious of our basic human rights.

I cover this topic in my weekly evening workshops for women, which you can learn more about here:

http://www.synergeticpsychotherapy.com/group-programs/beating-the-quarterlife-blues/

Here is a list of personal rights:

  1. I have the right to ask for what I want.
  2. I have the right to say no to requests or demands I can’t meet.
  3. I have the right to express all of my feelings, positive or negative.
  4. I have the right to change my mind.
  5. I have the right to make mistakes and not have to be perfect.
  6. I have the right to follow my own standards and standards.
  7. I have the right to say no to anything when I feel I am not ready, it is unsafe, or it violates my values.
  8. I have the right to determine my own priorities.
  9. I have the right not to be responsible for others’ behavior, actions, feelings, or problems.
  10. I have the right to expect honesty from others.
  11. I have the right to be angry at someone I love.
  12. I have the right to be uniquely myself.
  13. I have the right to feel scared and say “I’m scared.”
  14. I have the right to say “I don’t know.”
  15. I have the right not to give excuses or reasons for my behavior.
  16. I have the right to make decisions based on my feelings.
  17. I have the right to my own needs for personal space and time.
  18. I have the right to be playful and frivolous.
  19. I have the right to be healthier than those around me.
  20. I have the right to be in a non abusive environment.
  21. I have the right to make friends and be comfortable around people.
  22. I have the right to change and grow.
  23. I have the right to have my needs and wants respected by others.
  24. I have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  25. I have the right to be happy.

Pick a few that resonate with you and read them every day. Put them in your phone, on your mirror or on a sticky note on your computer at work. The more you read them, the more you will believe you are worth it!

 Note: Adapted from The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, by Edmund Bourne, Ph.D.

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