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Just Say No With Confidence, Clarity and Kindness

Posted Oct 09 2009 10:01pm


In order to stay sane (and create less stress and chaos), it’s important to learn when to say no.

There are only so many hours in a day, no matter who you are or how much money you have. 24 hours, period.

You can practice by saying no today to:

  • phone calls asking for money or your time (ask that they take you off their call list too by the way!)
  • committees needing your great skills and awesome disposition
  • getting of mailings
  • not being what I call “user-friendly”, taking care of everyone but yourself first

Choose what you will be involved in and schedule yourself in. Then stop.

Practice clearly and kindly setting your boundaries with effective assertive communication like, “Thanks for asking, however I’m already committed (or scheduled) in. Great success with your project and I’ll pass on your information to others I might know who’d be interested.”

In the end, a ”good no” is to:

  - Be clear.
  - Be kind.
  - Be helpful. And,
  - Be gracious.

Be a awesome human-BE-ing to yourself first, then to others, you will give much more in the long run.

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