Do you ever have a hard time saying “No”. I do. I fear missing out on an opportunity or disappointing people. However, saying “No” does not have to be a negative. There are many positive reasons to use that short two letter word.
- Saying “No” now allows me to say “YES” to something better later. Good is often the enemy of the best.
- Saying “No” allows someone else to say “Yes”. Teammates are able to experience developmental opportunities when I say no. This requires humility and awareness that I may not be the best person for the job. It requires that I know my own strengths and those of my teammates.
- Saying “No” is a reminder that I am not indispensable.
- Saying “No” is a “Yes” to a more healthy lifestyle. It keeps me from the stress of over commitment or ever extending myself.
- Saying “No” is saying “Yes” to the power of being more in control of my life.
- Saying “No” is saying “Yes” to new opportunities I might not have known existed. Once I am more available, I find other opportunities more in line with my passions and gifting.
- Saying “No” gives me time to do whatever I have put on the back burner. (Writing that book, blogging, train for a 5K, give attention to a relationship or project that needs my energy this month, etc.
What helps you say “No”?
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