Know the stakes
Being assertive at the wrong time could have negative consequences, but think about what will happen if you stay passive. Where will you be in a year if you don’t step up and push yourself? That promotion you want? It might not be coming anytime soon. Know what’s at stake and don’t be afraid to step out and take a chance.
Sometimes we zone out at the office and that can be a problem. Be a great listener and take extensive notes if necessary. The more “in-the-know” you are, the more likely you’ll feel comfortable being assertive in situations at work. Don’t let yourself be hesitant because you don’t fully grasp what’s going on.
Think like a supervillain
If you’re just piddling along on an idea like everyone else, you won’t separate yourself from the rest of the pack. Supervillains are usually several steps ahead. While you’re not trying to be evil, you do want to be out in front when it comes to ideas and performance. Use your notes to help you plan your next move.
If you find yourself constantly being too passive at the office, maybe it’s time to start speaking up outside of work. Use situations in your personal life as a training ground for how you want to respond at the office. This is a great way to learn to stick up for yourself and say what’s on your mind.