Over the last one or two years, I realized my people pleasing tendencies were creating stress and causing me to be inefficient. Thanks to my becoming aware of this and simple exercises in saying “no,” I’ve begun to preserve my most valuable resources while growing personally, professionally and mentally

People pleasing all the time kills production. Also, agreeing to things you know is a waste of time does nothing for your growth . Saying nowhen thoughtfully planned, creates new business opportunities, shows you’re in control of the situation, and ensures projects actually get completed.

Saying no is a sure way for deleting distractions, staying true to yourself, and sticking to the course. Every time you agree to do something you do not believe is right, or want to do, it beats you up mentally.

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I know this firsthand. People like to see progress and to create but the creative process is handicapped when you have to complete a task you probably wish you had never committed to.

You can always trust your inner mind when it comes to this.

Do not fear “the no.” It may seem like a powerfully intimidating tiny word. But for a two letter word, no is definitely liberating.

When you decide that what you are about to say no to does not warrant your immediate attention, or is counterproductive, embrace your intuition and don’t do it.

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Here are ways to say no and still maintain your integrity.

  1. Don’t feel guilty for saying no to loved ones.
  2. Be true to yourself.
  3. Separate refusal from rejection. ..
  4. Keep your response simple. If you want to say no, be firm and direct about it.
  5. Buy yourself some time.
  6. Consider a compromise.

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