28 days

Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough. ~Josh Billings

Saying no, at least for me, is one of the hardest things to do. Not only does saying no make me feel unkind, it also often means missing out on fun sometimes and feeling lame or left out. It takes a lot of will power to say no. Except when it comes to going to the gym – it’s VERY easy to say no to that :).

Ninety-nine percent of my troubles though are most definitely because I was too impulsive or too stubborn to think something through or I simply didn’t want to disappoint someone – so I just blurted out a yes.

Saying yes too often has left me a little overweight (I can never turn down that extra bite or snack), overbudget (I rarely turn down an opportunity to go out or eat), and overcommitted (I often get over extended at work because I’m afraid to say no, and not look like a team player).

I’m learning though, it’s very important to carry myself assertively and thoughtfully, not only to avoid situations like the above, but also because it ensures I’m being honest with myself and with others. I think honesty is the best gift we can ever give ourselves and other people.

So, getting better at saying no (where appropriate!) is one of my current self-improvement goals.

I’m going to start today by saying no, to that second chocolate chip cookie from a catered lunch at work . . .

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