To say “no” to others, we must first learn to say no to ourselves. Undoubtedly some of the regrets you had about this past year are rooted in moments where you sat in silent agreement with a bad decision, an unwise direction taken, or a personal value broken.
Here are 5 Times When You Need to Say No to Yourself:
- When It Doesn’t Make Sense – Sometimes all it takes is a little common sense. Say no when the task at hand is counter-productive (or even self-destructive.) Take a moment to step back and consider whether you need to “just say no.”
- When You Are Stressed – Much of stress is self-inflicted. You take on too much or agree to do things that you shouldn’t. When you are tired or running ragged is the time to hold your ground and say no to yourself.
- When You Are Overloaded – You can’t do it all. When there is simply too much on your list, you need to be able to say no to some of your tasks.
- When It’s Not a Priority – It’s easy to do the easy things. The ones that really don’t matter. It’s harder to do what you should be doing. You have to be able to choose between what you want to do and what you need to do.
- When It’s the Wrong Thing to Do – Never compromise yourself or values, even when you are under pressure. Don’t take the easy route when it goes against what is correct. Always do the right thing even if you have to say no to your inner voice.
Your inner voice may be telling you that you can “do it all.”
However, that can be a recipe for disaster.
You can’t do everything, so be realistic.
Sometimes you need to say no, even to yourself.