This is a guest post by Asim Imtiaz from the FuzedBulb blog – Ed
here are relatively very few people
who, when asked to do something by someone they know, find it easy to
say no. Sometimes this is because they fear that if they refuse it
might appear to the other person as if they are being selfish
particularly when they do not come up with a good reason for the
|It is never easy to say no, but you must learn how. Saying no becomes a vital life-saver.
In my humble opinion I strongly
discourage this attitude. It is never easy to say no, but you must
learn how. Especially in a ‘culture’ like ours where everyone tries to
move their burdens on other people’s shoulders â€“saying no becomes a
Why is it so hard to say No?
There are various factors that make it difficult for you to say no.
Lack of self-esteem
We all have the
right to be proud of ourselves, our achievements and the person we have
become. Remind yourself of your achievements and realize the fact that
committing or refusing to a certain task does not considerably effect
your esteem and respect.
Negative self-image / Lack of self-confidence
Most often people
don’t feel confident enough to make a decision. A refusal is a tough
one. Always keep in mind that if others perceive you as someone with no
self-confidence, they will naturally treat you that way.
Guilt is not a
pleasant feeling. So when someone asks you to do something, we do not
want to say no because that induces a certain feeling of guilt. As in: â€œI refused a friend…â€.
Beware this is the hardest to encounter. You must realize that you have
the right to say no. If the other person isn’t feeling guilty about
letting you express your true sentiments, why should you?
The need to be liked
Ah, last but not
least. All of us want to be liked. This partially relates back to your
level of self-esteem. If you do not really like or appreciate yourself,
of course, you will find it pleasing to have others telling you that
they like you!
Let me tell you one thing: if the only reason a ‘friend’ likes you is that you are happy to run around after him, do you really want or need such ‘friends’?
When and how to say no?
Here’s a check-list that might make your life easier.
yourself whether or not the request is a reasonable one and whether you
want to accede to it or to refuse (note: if you find it difficult to
make up your mind, you probably want to refuse).
- If you feel you need further details, ask for them.
- Should you come to the conclusion that you want to say no, do so!
- Keep it short, giving an explanation (if you want to) but not a string of excuses.
- Don’t apologize. Why? Because if you begin by saying: â€œI’m sorry but I can’t….â€ you are inviting the other person to try manipulating you by playing on your feelings of guilt.
- Offer some other sort of help if you want to do so.
The writer strongly believe in advising the readers to say the word “NO” at least a 100 times every morning. The article extracts it’s analysis and concepts from the book: “How to deal with difficult people” (1993) by Ursula Markham.
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