Saying "No" can feel uncomfortable, especially for people pleasers.
Still, if we want to reclaim control over our most precious resource—time in a world full of endless demands and commitments, in that case, it's time to practice the muscle of setting boundaries with grace and conviction to honor our needs.
Saying "no" is not just about setting boundaries or avoiding false urgencies; it's about saying "yes" to unlocking the true potential for a balanced and fulfilling life. Pausing and checking in with ourselves may be a way of managing the pressure to respond instantly. This will help us gain time to truly understand whether it is a yes coming from the heart or due to feeling obligated or rushed into it.
Moreover, there's a myth that saying "yes" to everything leads to success, especially for entrepreneurs or anyone who want to grow in their careers, cause a no can be a missed opportunity. But jumping on every request may cause exhaustion and confusion and make you feel lost in achieving the vision of your life and tracking your progress toward your goals. So instead, sometimes trust your gut and stick to your long-term plans, embrace the power of "no" and watch as it becomes your superpower.
Here are some ways of saying no politely or asking for time to make an intentional decision:
"I'll get back to you tomorrow/this week/in a few days."
"I don't have the capacity at the moment, can we raincheck in the near future?"
" I'd love to, but I have other pressing commitments."
"I'm afraid I must pass, but thanks for considering me."