How to Say No When You Find It Difficult

By DeAndra Jalisa

August 2, 2022

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It can be difficult to say no when you’re not sure what the right thing to do is. You may feel like you’re letting someone down or that you’re not good enough. But learning how to say no when it feels difficult is an important life skill. In this blog post, we’ll discuss why it’s tough to say no and offer some tips on how to do it anyway!

Saying no is hard for a lot of us. We don’t want to disappoint people or let them down. We might worry that we’re not good enough or that we’ll be rejected if we say no. But the truth is, learning how to say no is an important life skill. It can help you protect your time and energy, set boundaries, and stay true to yourself.

Here are some tips on how to say no when it feels difficult:

– First, take a deep breath and remember that you have a right to say no. You don’t owe anyone an explanation or an excuse. Just a simple “no, thank you” will do. I know we all get the gut-wrenching feeling in our stomachs when it’s time to say no, but it’s normal.

Sometimes we have to get uncomfortable so that we can grow, and setting boundaries is very uncomfortable. But it will be good for your soul at the end of the day.

– Second, be assertive in your delivery. State your decision firmly and without apology. Also, while delivering your no, remember why you’re saying no because that will push you forward more confidently.

– Third, don’t worry about being polite. You can still be polite while saying no. From personal experience, I know it can be extremely scary to say no when you’re usually a nice, giving person. We worry about people thinking we are mean or rude, but at the end of the day, most will accept your no and move on. For example, you might say something like, “I’m sorry, but I don’t have time for that.”

– Finally, practice makes perfect. The more you say no, the easier it will become. Sometimes I look in the mirror and practice or simply talk to myself to build my confidence. Practice is helpful but make sure you don’t overdo it. So don’t be afraid to start small and work your way up!

Saying no is hard, but it’s worth it. It’s a skill that will help you protect your time and energy, set boundaries, and stay true to yourself. And the more you practice it, the easier it will become. So go out there and start saying no today! Thanks for reading.

Do you have any tips on how to say no when it feels difficult? Share them in the comments below!

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you check out – 25 Affirmations To Build Your Self Confidence. Thanks for reading!

DeAndra Jalisa

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