We’ve become so inundated with request to do this, that, and the other that we feel we have to justify our no’s. “No, I can’t do it because…,” “I would but…,” “I can’t do it this week however…” The truth is a simple no is sufficient! No, I am not able to serve on your board. No, this week doesn’t work for me. No, I can’t be your campaign manager.
Saying no is especially hard for women who are juggling many work, home, and church responsibilities and are natural caretakers. The downfall of not saying no is that we end up stressed out, overwhelmed, and of no benefit to anyone, including our self and our families.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to say yes to some things but only after you’ve said no to others. It’s like that closet full of shoes or handbags. We have to get rid of the old ones so we can make room for new ones.
Today, give yourself full permission to just say no! When you do you can start saying yes to the things that you really enjoy like yoga, a night out with the girls or that book you’ve been dying to read.
What do you need to say no to so you can start living an abundant life?