As professional women, we are often told that saying "yes" is the key to success. In our prior blog we told you all about leaning into the Power of "Yes". But sometimes saying yes is not always the best way to go. You know like saying "yes" to more work, saying "yes" to more meetings, say "yes" to more networking events. We're getting anxiety just writing this.
But that's what we were taught in college and grad school. And let's be honest the message is clear: getting ahead means you need to be constantly available and always willing to take on more and more and MORE. Ugh!
Let's do a little mindset work, shall we? What if we told you that saying "no" could be just as powerful? That by setting boundaries and prioritizing your time, you could actually increase your ability to live your best authentic life both professionally and personally.
Here are three reasons why saying "no" can be a game-changer for professional women:
1. Saying "no" helps you set boundaries
As a professional woman, you likely have a lot on your plate. Like most of us you are a BOSS in every sense of the word and have work responsibilities, personal obligations, and potentially even children or other family members to take care of. And if you had one more thing and say yes to something else you can fast track your way to burnout and overwhelm. By learning to say "no," you can set boundaries and protect your time and energy. Its more important for you to protect your peace so you focus on what's most important- without getting sidetracked by distractions and requests that don't align with your goals.
2. Saying "no" allows you to prioritize your goals:
When you say "yes" to everything, you are potentially saying "No" to other things in your life. You can lose sight of what may be most important for you in this season. By saying "no" now does not mean that you can never go back to it, but its important to take stock in the real estate of time you have and the capacity you can give to whatever it is that is being asked of you.
3. Saying "no" helps you establish respect and authority:
When you constantly say "yes," you risk being seen as a pushover or someone who can be taken advantage of. By saying "no" and setting boundaries, you can establish respect and authority. Bottomline: you need to teach people how to treat you. You show that you value your time and expertise and that you're willing to stand up for yourself. This can limit people coming to you for things that are not in alignment with your goals and priorities.
So, how do you start saying "no" in a way that feels comfortable and authentic? Here are a few tips:
- Be clear and concise: When saying "no," be clear about why you're declining the request and keep your response concise and to the point. You frankly, don't owe anyone an explanation. No is a complete sentence. Sis, a COMPLETE sentence.
- Offer an alternative: If you're declining a request consider offering an alternative solution or suggest someone else who may be able to help. Remember your "no" is somebody's "yes" in the making.
- Practice saying "no" in advance: If you know you're going to be asked to take on a new project or attend a meeting that doesn't align with your goals, practice saying "no" in advance. This can help you feel more confident and comfortable when the time comes.
Remember, saying "no" is not about being negative or difficult. It's about setting boundaries and prioritizing your time and energy. By embracing the power of "no," you can take control of your life and achieve greater success in your career and at home.
Tell us what you are going to do first to set boundaries. You h the Power, Sis, so take a deep breath and practice saying "no" with confidence and clarity. You got this!
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