It is the month of the mother and with that we are bringing the life plan focus on to learning to say “No” and appreciating the art of it, ditching the Mommy Guilt, and reducing the environmental impact of the home office. We are also very excited to feature a fantastic mom who started a small publishing company so she’d have books for her children.
We strive to help you to find your life plan, love your life plan and live your life plan. Let us begin by learning “The Art of Saying ‘No.”
Saying “no” is really just saying “yes” with limitations. I do not know who originally penned that phrase but it is perfectly brilliant.
When we say “no” to something it does not mean that we will never do it, it just means that right now, at this point in time, it is not the right course of action for us.
It is OK to say “no” and it is ok to admit that you do not have the time or energy for something. After all isn’t it better to refuse to do something than to do it halfway?
When we say “no” to one thing we are actually saying “yes” to something else.
When we choose not to work on a project that was offered to us we are leaving the time for another project that will nourish us better, when we refuse to work with difficult people we are allowing ourselves the opportunity to work with people who are more aligned with our ideology. When we refuse an event then we free up time for something else such as spending time with our family.
We must learn how to say “no” or we will actually block our emotional intelligence.
Research from the University of California in San Francisco supports this premise by stating that those that have a hard time refusing soemthing actually are more likely to experience stress, burnout, and depression
A great way to protect yourself from saying “yes” immediately upon being asked for your expertise is to simply ask for time to think about the offer that has been made to you. This tactic is especially useful if you are feeling unsure if this particular opportunity is the right opportunity for you.
If you do say “no” you will have respected the offer by showing that you have fully considered it. The added bonus is the time to think about how to refuse in a nice and diplomatic way.
Always remember not to burn any bridges as you never know what the future may bring and when you may need that support system.
Decline the offer in a way that is understood avoiding soft phrases. Instead of “I do not think I can” simply say “I am not able to make that commitment.” If possible suggest people that could help. Offer positives with your answer and you will feel confident in the handling of the situation.
A statement such as the following is strong, helpful and kind. It offers a “no” sandwiched between two beautiful slices of gluten free bread that are saying “yes.” It is a gracious way to show appreciation while protecting your own limitations.
“Thank you for reaching out to me but I am not able to make that commitment. I do look forward to working with you in the future. In the meantime, I would be more than happy to make suggestions of someone who I trust and perhaps you can touch base with them.”
Setting your boundaries is your right and privilege. Honor them both and you will achieve amazing things.