When did you say no today?

Participating silently in unacceptable situations.

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Many people don’t have the force of character to say no.

They are not practical about what their energies allow them to undertake. And they reflexively say yes to people’s requests without paying attention to the hesitation they feel within themselves.

In short, they participate silently in unacceptable situations.

Sound familiar? That was certainly me for many years. The lifelong journey of setting and maintaining personal boundaries hadn’t begun yet.

But in time, it occurred to me that most requests are not as urgent as the sender believes. It occurred to me that the world never, ever, ever falls apart if the unread messages in my inbox accumulate. It occurred to me that the freedom to decline a request is deeply empowering. It occurred to me that learning to say no as a complete sentence is a sign of growth, an instrument of truthfulness and a shield against exploitation.

Do you struggle to protect yourself and your schedule from ambushes? Are you the kind of person whose feeling of inadequacy prompts you to compromise your needs and give up your integrity in an effort to please?

You’re not alone. Whenever you’re ready to hold a courageous conversation to reinforce your personal boundaries, know that you are richly supported.

When did you say no today?

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.

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