I am avid believer in using the word NO.
Mom, can I have this? NO
Mom, can I go to this party? NO
Sang, can I borrow your pink heels? HELL NO
Can you work for free? Ummm NO.
Can I borrow some money? NO.
The word “no” is powerful enough to break the shackles of time.
I know how to say it and I say it well.
I have compiled a list of quirky and sassy ways to say no to that “thing” you don’t really want to do.
- Rain check please
- I am going out of town
- I can not do that
- Let me check my calendar
- My kids have activities
- I am not feeling well
- I need to check with my husband/boyfriend
- I don’t think I would be good at that
- I have too much laundry to do
- I have a hair appointment and she books 3 weeks out
- Thanks, but I am trying to quit
- My weekends are booked until 2015
- Oh, I can’t that is LOVE day
- HELL NO
- No thanks, I go to Starbucks every week at that time and they will send out a search party if I don’t show up
- Yeah, I am not really sure about that right now
- I appreciate the thought but I’m afraid that it’s just not right for me
- To be honest, I do not want to
- I only work with excel sheets
- I have a date
- I am volunteering for the PTSA
- I’d rather not
- I don’t do that on (Insert that day)
- No thanks, I am driving
- That is not a good color on me
It is OK to say NO.
So many epic leaders, dating back to Shakespeare, are known for saying NO. Once you allow yourself to say NO, you will open up your schedule and opportunities to do more things you love. Steve Jobs practiced “saying NO to 1,000 things”.
Practice saying “no” at least 10 times this week and feel that heavy brick you lifted off your chest.
Share: What is the most difficult thing you’ve ever had to say no to?
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