Strategically Saying No
One of the questions I get asked frequently is: “How can I say no without limiting my leadership + life options?”
In my experience we are all at different places in our ability to say “no.” Sometimes, our ability to turn down an offer or opportunity is connected to our positional power. Sometimes it’s a result of strong or weak self-esteem. Sometimes it’s due to our sense of obligation or guilt.
Regardless of the the circumstances you face, when you know your priorities and non-negotiables, there is clarity about what you will say “yes” to and what you will say “no” to. Your words are one of the most important Thrive tools you possess.
When you can ask for what you want, pull the trigger when necessary and strategically say “no”, your relationships will be stronger, you will feel empowered, and you will get better results.
The next time you are tempted to say “yes” to a request or assignment that is not in alignment with your values, passions and self-negotiated career trajectory, consider saying “no” compassionately and firmly. This will bring you closer to getting what you really want…and earn you respect amongst your colleagues, friends and family.
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