Iâ€™ve got to admit, I donâ€™t always say â€œnoâ€ at work. But I used to be much worse. I would say â€œyesâ€ pretty frequently â€“ more often than just about anyone I knew.
I was so dead-set on being highly successful at a young age, that my default answer was â€œyes.â€ I was so bad, sometimes Iâ€™d agree to doing something before even knowing what the task was, orÂ volunteer myself for assignments I wasnâ€™t the most qualified for â€“ all in an attempt to prove myself. Thatâ€™s not exactly the best way to get ahead.
While Iâ€™ve since learned the hard way thatÂ saying no can be for the best, itâ€™s not an easy thing to learn. Are you a people pleaser? Do you consider yourself the type of person who says yes to everything?
Itâ€™s incredibly normal to feel uncomfortable saying â€œnoâ€ to a boss, supervisor or client, but there are ways to turn someone down while still maintaining a healthy and respectful relationship. The secret lies largely in giving positive, constructive reasons for responding in the negative.