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Learn How to Say NO!

Do you have a hard time saying no to co-workers, friends, or family members? If so, you're not alone! The older we get, the harder it seems to stand your ground. Here are some pointers to help you be bold and strong when the time is right.

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  • Before you say yes or no to someone or something, think the situation through and clearly understand what is being asked of you
  • Everyone loves to hear the word yes and it's always much easier to please than to disappoint, but if you always aim to please, chances are you are going to get taken advantage of
  • Many people fear saying no for no good reason, so ask yourself what's the worst thing that will happen if you do say no
  • Having the ability to speak the truth and make your own decisions can be extremely powerful and rewarding so embrace the right to choose
  • Being upfront and honest from the get go is extremely important. No one likes it when people go back on their word or make wishy washy promises
  • While it is easier to say no to someone or decline an invitation over the phone or via e-mail, it is much more respectful to do it in person

I hope these tips help -- while it is easier to be a yes woman, remember to put your needs first!

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krisua krisua 10 years
So true, it is so hard to say NO.
alieapple alieapple 10 years
i can't say no unless i am really pissed off at the person asking !
fab4 fab4 10 years
I think I say no too much. I can't stand being committed to do something, especially when it is far in advance.
mollipop mollipop 10 years
I don't like saying no, but I have found that the older and more mature I get the easier it is.
tati33 tati33 10 years
thanks for this!
summer-roberts summer-roberts 10 years
I do not like to have to say no, but I am usually so busy I can't commit to anything else.
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