Saying NO is hard for people. You get so caught up worrying about hurting someone’s feelings or anticipating their reactions, that you compromise yourself over and over again.
How many times have you gone along with something that was not a YES for you just to keep the peace or keep a friend or family member happy.
News flash! You’re not really keeping the peace (and the peace I’m referring to is your own) and I’d also say you’re also being a dishonest friend and/or family member.
Saying an honest no (or yes) ultimately means being TRUE TO YOU without worrying about what the other person may think or how they might respond. It’s about saying what’s true for you in any given moment.
It’s knowing that saying NO doesn’t mean you don’t care about or love someone, it’s that you care about and love yourself first and you respect your own feelings and ultimately, yourself.
When you say an honest NO, it is an honest YES to you and also for the other person because they are being given the gift of hearing from the authentic you, and that is powerful.
The next time you know you need to say NO, but are’t quite sure how to do it, refer to this list for some great ways you can say a sincere NO. (Note: Some of these come from The Work of Byron Katie, of which I’m a trained facilitator).
What other ways can you think of to say No? Let me know in the comments!
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