Learn To Say No

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 Why You Have To Learn To Say No

This is possibly the most counter-intuitive thing that you will ever have to learn to do in business. In fact, just saying it almost seems ridiculous because we learn how to say no as babies. In fact, in watching our daughter at a very young age, I stumbled across where the origin of the head shake from side to side indicating ‘no’ developed from. As babies, we aren’t able to feed ourselves, so we are fed usually by our mothers. If we have had enough or if we do not like what is being put in our mouths, we move our heads from side to side to prevent more being put in our mouths. We have just learned to say no.

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Fast forward 30 years or so and we seem incapable of remembering that lesson. In our minds, now we are in charge of our own destiny, we set our own hours, decide who we work with, etc. But is that really true? Or do we feel compelled to say yes to everything and anything? Friends and family, knowing we don’t have a “real job”, will come by whenever they want because it is convenient for them. Maybe not for you, if you’re trying to set up appointments or even worse, keep the ones you already have set up.

How To Learn To Say No

learn to say no1You have to learn to say no all over again. If you don’t, you will find yourself doing business all the time and the flippant motto of ‘We are open for business 24/7’ will be accurate and true. When that happens, the thrill of being your own boss fades very fast, and you will come to resent your business or your spouse will. It is very rare that you will find two people willing to dedicate their all to a business to the exclusion of all else. I’m not saying don’t be flexible or even compromising. I am only suggesting that you have to set some parameters for yourself, and tell others about them. Once you learn to say no and they hear it, they won’t be so upset if that is one of your ‘ground rules.’

Your rules of self business might be that you do now work Sundays. Maybe you don’t begin before 8 am, or go past 9pm. You have to decide what works for you and stick to it. Learning to say no is a lot easier when you have parameters that you can default to. Suddenly, it isn’t at the personal level anymore and you can claim part of your life back. However, once you set ground rules you cannot change them willy nilly or ignore them. You do so at risk of losing them altogether, and sliding back into the position where your life is running you, as opposed to the other way around. 

As Nancy Reagan used to say, ‘Just Say No!’ You can learn to say no again, you’ve done it before. And for your own sake and sanity, you’re going to have to. If you don’t, you are going to find yourself trying to talk to a friend, while you’re answering an email and setting up an appointment all at the same time. When that happens, the train wreck is coming.  Don’t allow it to occur before you learn to say no.

Have YOU Learned To Say NO?

 Till Next Time….

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4 Responses to “Learn To Say No”

  1. Diane Grant Says:

    Boundaries make for happy customers too….if your customers know when you are likely to answer the phone, be online, then there will be no reason for frustration….yours or theirs! I just wrote an article about that!
    Diane Grant recently posted…Referrals and Customer SatisfactionMy Profile


    sigrid Reply:

    Thanks Diane, you are so right. Looking forward to reading your article!



  2. Dagmar Wichary Says:

    I totally agree, I am one of them that cannot say no, I call myself a pushover or worse, but it so hard to learn again. I also noticed that I am involved into too many different projects, so thanks for setting me straight – I am learning…


    sigrid Reply:

    Dagmar, me too. Sometimes I really need to sit down and look at what I am involved in and committed to. It is astounding and I need to figure out what I don’t understand. The “N” or the “O”



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