The importance of knowing when to say no

The idea of knowing when to say no is one we arguably all should be familiar with. It’s a great mantra to practice as it is a means to lower the possibility of ourselves being taken advantage of, yet despite its importance, I think it’s safe to say that many of us could improve in terms of engaging in this ideology.

For a lot of us, the idea of saying no to someone is daunting. Perhaps we find joy in pleasing other people, and we believe that saying no from time to time will result in letting someone down and cause them to be disappointed in us. But, in all honesty, sometimes we have to say no for our own benefit, even if it means upsetting someone else in the process.

I believe many of us struggle with the concept of putting our own needs and wants before others. And, really, being a selfless person is not a bad thing. But, being selfless becomes problematic when we allow ourselves to slip through the cracks for the benefit of others, and repeating this behaviour over the course of time can ultimately cause us to become run down and unhappy.

As uncomfortable as it may be, saying no to people when needed is an absolutely necessary practice to involve ourselves in. It is crucial to make it apparent on occasion that other people do not take precedence over ourselves, and if this firmness does result in tension and quarrels, perhaps it’s an indication that the person who isn’t being understanding is a little too selfish and demanding themselves.

It is far too easy to let other people take priority over ourselves, hence the significance of understanding this ideology sooner rather than later. Manipulation is a powerful thing, and it isn’t something that should be used against us, ever.


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