5 reasons it's OK to say 'no'
Declining a lunch invitation, conference call, or project meeting often brings stress and guilt. It's acceptable to politely nix something you don't want to do.
When performing in any leadership type role, you must be able to say ‘no’ to people. Often times, we don’t want to disappoint others so we refuse to use the two-letter word. We feel guilty.
There are five reasons to keep in mind that can make it easier for you to decline when you feel it’s necessary.
Jane Perdue blogs about nice folks who don’t want to let others down. Purdue shares an example of a woman who — against her better judgment — agreed to write an article. According to Perdue, “Casey was wrestling with an uncomfortable situation: her inability to figure out an appropriate story line for an article she really didn’t want to write and her fear of Hal not liking her for turning down his request.”
Setting boundaries is important, but so is sticking up for yourself. The latter can often lead to a happier, less stressful life.
Of course you want to know how Casey’s situation was resolved. Find out here, and remember the moral of the story is to guard your time carefully.