Staying On Target With Your Success: The Power of Saying “No!” and When It is Necessary to Do So

Think Beyond Your Every Day

Growing up, many of us were taught to follow the formula “natural order” of things. We were to be polite, considerate of others, and we didn’t want to disappoint. We acted appropriately according to social hierarchy, and for many, it is hard to shake off the shackles of  being acceptable to others, and acting within the constraints of“the right thing to do” for the social order of things. We must make a choice to discontinue  or continue to ignore making decisions that are the right thing to do for our growth, development, and mobility.

Sometimes, we must say “No!’ to things.

If we fear saying no, we may find that we are spread too thin trying to maintain keeping up with too many obligations, allowing people and things to take away our personal power and valuable time. We are more and more afraid to stand up for our interests, ideas, beliefs, and build our power and value our time… This is all because we have become a “Yes man.”

Saying no helps to shake things up. Saying no means that we are able to think for ourselves and take responsibility for our choices and priorities, that may go beyond the ‘status quo’, or others’ ideas for our lives and direction. Saying no allows us to take our power of choice and place a value on our energy and our time.

If you find that people or things are pulling you away from the steps you have to move closer toward your goals and making them a reality, take a deep breath, find your courage, and “Say No!”


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Grit N Vinegar is the home of emerging writer, Alex Smith. Focusing on short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, Alex has been published in Sick Lit Magazine and often seeks out new places to submit her writing. Find me @gritNvinegar on Twitter!

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