I would get approached by someone selling something (or answer a sales call at home), listen respectfully to their spiel, then go into a long, drawn out explanation about why I couldn’t take part in what they’re offering.
The pressure to say no was even harder when it came to people in my family, and close friends.
Over the past couple of years, however, I have discovered that the art of saying “no” is often enough in itself.
Often, no explanation is needed, unless requested.
Saying “no” is easy when it is a telephone solicitor or via email. But as the degree of contact and the importance of the person rises, saying “no” becomes more difficult because the reaction carries more weight.
One thing is true – if you hope to have more authority and power over your own life (and in turn your marriage), you must learn how to say no. [Read more…] about Let Your No Be No