Saying No Saves Time
There are only so many hours in a day. Even the richest person in the world can't buy more time. The good news is, even though your hours are limited, you're in complete control of how you use them. Don't let other people dictate how you spend your time, by expecting you to help them whenever they see fit. If they really appreciate you, they'll understand why you can't always help, at the drop of a hat. You need to make it clear that you have your own set of priorities and responsibilities.
Saying No Increases Focus
It doesn't hurt to say "yes" to people, when the things they need assistance with are relative to your own goals. If it sparks your interest, it's all the better! You might even have fun doing it. This actually helps you to increase the focus of your own life, which in turn helps you both professionally and in your personal life. Typically, the more focused you are, the easier it is to achieve both short-term and long-term goals.
Saying Can Help You Gain Strength
When you take the time to think about it, each time you say "no" to someone else, you're actually saying "yes" to yourself. Chances are you'll soon notice a boost in your self-confidence level. In addition, nine times out of 10, you'll gain the respect of the person who asked for your help. He or she may initially be unhappy with your answer, but your true friends, family and acquaintances typically won't hold a grudge.
Saving No Can Give You More Energy
Assisting with projects that you really don't have time for, or have little interest in doing is a huge energy waster. It's much more productive to put that same energy into something that interests you. You'll feel better, you'll be much happier, and will be more productive in the long run.
This is an excerpt from our resource "Empowered to Say No." Check it out here
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