For some people, saying yes, giving in to what is asked or wanted is a habit, even an addiction, that they can't break. Yes-people often believe that turning someone down makes them a "bad" person.
The research for my book, The Book of NO: 250 Ways to Say It-and Mean It and Stop People-Pleasing Forever, culminated in insights and tools that can help people-pleasers get off the yes-treadmill. Saying NO as so many discover doesn't turn you into an uncaring, selfish person. The word NO actually protects you, earns the respect of others, frees you get things you want to do done and to be there for those you truly want to assist.
Here are a few keys to being able to refuse and striking a balance between being a pushover and being kind and considerate:
Do I have the time?
What do I have to give up to do this?
Will I feel pressured?
Will I be upset with myself or resent the person asking?
Will I feel duped or manipulated?
Answering the questions before agreeing will build your resistance and start to make it easier to say NO to your partner, co-workers, friends, even your children.
For more on how and why to say NO, see: 13 Ways to Make Saying No Easier and The Book of NO: 250 Ways to Say It-and Mean It and Stop People-Pleasing Forever
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