#trashouttuesday / 5 ways to say NO and be nice

During the month of March, I’ve been working on less people pleasing as part of the #lessin2016 plan.

Sometimes I have a hard time saying NO. Anyone else have that problem?

Well, here you go!

5 ways to say NO and still be nice

1. “I’ve got a conflict on my schedule during this time.”

ONLY use this if you really do have something on your calendar ha! Scheduling time for writing and goals on my personal calendar has helped with this. If I don’t intentionally schedule time for me and my family, it’s easy to let others take those places.

2. “I would love to help with this project/event/business/WHATEVER, but I’ve got a pretty big personal goal I’m working on currently and during this season I’m saying no to more so that I can accomplish this goal.”

Again, having a goal that you’re trying to accomplish really helps other people understand that you’re not just saying no to be mean. You have a purpose for saying no and working on something that means more to you than what they are asking you to do. Letting them know that saying yes would take away from being able to accomplish your goal helps

3.  “I don’t think I’m the right person to help in this situation. With all of my other commitments, I’m afraid I won’t be able to give the proper attention needed to this project and the project will suffer.”

There are SOOO many times I should have used this. I said yes and I should have said no. The end result of the project was not the best it could have been because I stretched myself too thin.

4. “I can’t commit to being in charge of this project, but I’d be happy to help whoever takes the lead.”

Maybe you want to be involved with helping but not in charge. This is a great compromise.

5. When you can’t find the words, just send this video:

You’re welcome 🙂

Oh, and I apologize in advance if I use these reasons with any of you in the future!!

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3 comments

  1. 🙂 I am sure that I have used these before, but mostly because I just like to be at home with my family! I am completely opposite of you, I am not a people pleaser, but feel guilty telling people no.

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