Say “no” confidently


  1. Remember that “no” is a complete sentence.
    When you want to say no to something, remember that you don’t have to explain yourself if you don’t want to. Just saying “no” is enough.
  2. Try the 24-hour “No” challenge.
    By saying no, you expand both your comfort zone and your power. For 24 hours, say no to all invitations and requests—don't work late, don't have a beer after class when you're tired, don't offer your professional advice free of charge, don't join the board of the nonprofit you support, don't move someone's furniture just because you have a pickup truck, don't carry the emotional burden that keeps piling up, don't sing at a friend's wedding if you're tired. Take a look at what happens when you say no. How do you feel? How do others react? What do you really want to say yes to?


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