Saying no can be one of the hardest things we do. Many of us want to make people happy and do what we can, but sometimes we simply need to tell people no.
While it may make you feel bad, there are actually positive and even healthy benefits to saying no more often. What are these benefits? Keep reading to find out.
3 Benefits of Saying “No”
- Valuing Yourself
If you feel stretched thin and can’t take on one more thing, you are doing a disservice to yourself by saying yes to the next thing. Saying no is a form of self-love and self-care. There’s a chance you won’t enjoy what you’ve just said yes to or participate fully; by being more selective about what you agree to, you’re able to do what you actually want to do with a full heart.
- Making Better Decisions
Another wonderful part of saying no, is it will help you make better decisions. According to Theo J Ellis, “You make a conscious decision and weigh it up before you blurt out your answer. Doing that consistently will force you to make smarter, better, wiser decisions. You’ll weigh up the value of each request based on what’s true to you and what makes sense.”
When you’re not overwhelmed, you have the time to make a well-considered decision and feel strong about your response.
- Saying No is Brave
It’s often intimidating to respond directly to someone with a no and look them in the eye. As intimidating as this may be, it’s a brave act because you are standing up for yourself. Live Happy wants you to remember this: “Consider each time you say no, without a hedge or explanation, to be a brave act of self-respect.”
4 Tips for Saying No
You may need some help saying no, even though you know it’s important. Here are some tips from Entrepreneur that can help you out when you’re in need:
- Do it Fast. If you have to tell someone no, do it as quickly as possible. This way, they aren’t waiting on you and can move on with their needs or plans.
- Don’t Lie. You don’t have to come up with an elaborate excuse to why you’re saying no; just be honest.
- Provide Alternatives. Bring up someone who might be able to assist in what you’re being asked to do if possible.
- Ask for a Reschedule. If it’s something you want to do but you don’t have the time, see if plans can be changed for another day; this way, you can have your cake and eat it too.
Are you ready to face the world? Saying no is challenging, but the more you do it, the more you take care of yourself, improve your decision making and become more brave. How do you handle saying no in your life?