The Art of Saying ‘NO’

Saying ‘No” is an art many people struggle with.
Why? Saying ‘no’ can hurt,disappoint, anger or even put a strain on relationships. It can make us feel selfish, guilty, or even embarrassed. However, saying ‘no’ is sometimes necessary.

Saying ‘NO’ can:
1)Minimize Stress– when you take on too many commitments, you will not be able to get anything done, at least not done well or on time. It causes anxiety, tension,and often causes loss of sleep.
2)Save Time– use your time on things that help you reach your goals and are in line with your priorities. Don’t allow others to dictate your schedule. You decide what is worthy of your time.
3)Conserve Energy– doing things you don’t want to do or just don’t have the time to do waste energy. Energy that could be use to work on something that you want to do or is valuable to you.
4)Get Rid of Leeches– consistently saying ‘no’ to people who always want others to do things for them, advantage takers, responsibility evaders,  will cause them to eventually go away.
5) Happier Life– Saying ‘no’ to things that complicate your life, adds stress and drains your energy,  your life will become more enjoyable.

How to Say ‘No’
1)Use the word ‘NO’
2)Use a polite alternative:
•Thank you for asking, but that isn’t going to work out for me.
•Thanks for thinking of me, but I have too much on my plate right now.
•I really appreciate you asking me, but my time is already committed.
•Thanks, I’ll have to pass on that.
•Not today, thanks.

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Saying ‘NO’ might be uncomfortable for a while but practice makes perfect. I’m still practicing.
What’s your favorite way to say no?

-K

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