You are allowed to say No.
No to something you don’t like doing.
No to someone who is wanting something you don’t want to give.
No to work you don’t want to take on.
No to boxes you don’t want to be limited to.
No to engaging in unfulfilling conversations.
No to anything that isn’t serving your best and highest self.
And No to feeling guilty, selfish, or mean about saying No! You are not a bad person simply because you choose to exercise your freedom of choice—you are under zero obligation to oblige everyone and everything that crosses your path.
I used to say Yes every single time or make up excuses about why I couldn’t fulfill a request. I am a recovering people pleaser. Big time. It isn’t easy to start saying no—it can be super scary—but just like anything else, once you start practicing, it gets easier and more comfortable. The thing is to start. Try small No’s first...like saying No to the people who accost you in the mall to do your hair or telemarketers. Once you start saying No, you’ll see that it’s not as hard or as “mean” as you thought and the larger No’s will be easier. It’s just like a muscle—it gets stronger the more you use it.
Remember, there are many small things you have to say No to in order to say Yes to the most important things. Your time and energy are precious. Guard them.
Live and love freely 💫✨⚡️
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