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How To Know To Say “No”

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Whether you’re an entrepreneur, or just an eager beaver – there’s many times in life where you’re faced with things you want to do, but simply can’t. It’s true, we’re all very busy people – but we tend to want to do everything for everyone. Here’s some quick tips to make sure you’re evaluating everything before committing to something you simply can’t do.

Know your limits

It’s ok if you can’t do something – quit while you’re ahead. Even simply referring someone else is all the help some need. Make sure you’re not saying yes, just because you think you have to.

Know your calendar

There’s nothing worse than double booking yourself and having to cancel last minute. Always make a habit of checking your calendar before committing. It will save you headache, and make you look better in the eyes of whomever you’re planning time with.

Trust instinct

If your gut tells you you shouldn’t commit, don’t. It’s that simple. Back-stepping is extremely hard, and you don’t want to ever portray yourself as a flaky person, who doesn’t get the job done.

Be (a little) selfish

It may really suck having to let down a loved one or friend – but guess what? It sucks more if you re-neg long after giving commitment. Weigh the pros and cons of the situation in your mind. You’ll realize that if you’re not meant to do something, it’s often reflected in the list you envision.

Check your language

Instead of saying yes to something right away, lead with “I’ll have to think about that”. Often times if you walk away from a scenario where you feel pressured, you can come back to it with a sound and objective mind.

In a world where it seems we’re always switched in “ON” position, it’s ok to step back and realize what you’re truly capable of. Doing too much often leads to burning out – and if you’re like anyone else in today’s workforce, you simply can’t afford that!

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    1. Brandi says:

      I have to admit, this is something I’ve improved a lot on in the past couple of years. I used to have a hard time saying “no” when I really felt I wanted to because I didn’t want to disappoint or upset people. But have learned that it helps everyone out in the long run if you only commit to what you truly can or want to, rather than overworking yourself and feeling bad afterwards. It’s important to be honest with yourself and others in regards to commitments and as long as you do it politely, you don’t have to feel bad about turning something down :)


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