PVC Mental Strategy 70

Get What You Deserve

What does assertiveness in swimming mean?

Swimmers who exhibit confident and forceful behavior in training and competition compared to those who have difficulty standing up for themselves or obtaining what they deserve. Assertive people value their worthiness and unique talents that set them apart from others.

What’s the difference between aggressiveness and assertiveness? To be aggressive is to be pushy and sometimes mean or disrespectful. To be assertive is to be confident and forceful without negativity. 

When you race in an eight-lane pool, keep in mind that seven other swimmers want to beat you! So how do you defend yourself against them and ensure victory? By being more assertive than they! Did you notice that I didn’t say “become more aggressive,” but rather “become more assertive” by demonstrating a confident and forceful behavior without negativity?

Can assertiveness be learned? Absolutely! You can start by acting more confidently and forcefully in your day-to-day life. Here are some examples:

  • You can give your opinion or say how you feel.
  • You can ask for what you want or need.
  • You can disagree respectfully.
  • You can offer your ideas and suggestions.
  • You can say “no” without feeling guilty. 
  • You can speak up for someone else.
  • You can tell others that you don’t like the way that they treat you.

By being assertive, you show that you respect yourself and others. On the other hand, being aggressive is just rude and mean.

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