LIST: The life-altering power of saying NO.

G'day my feisty and fierce conspirator...

This one goes out to all the people-pleasing kind souls out there who can't find the courage to set healthy boundaries or put yourself first. Your inability and unwillingness to take care of yourself will keep kicking your tail until you convince yourself to repeat after me:

 "NO."

Now say it and mean it. 

There's something magical about those two little letters. Powerful. You should use them more often. 

Which is why I put together a list of what NO can do for you.

The power of saying NO...

  1. Frees you from constantly being hijacked by the expectations and priorities of others...

  2. Gives you more time to focus on what matters the most to you...

  3. Empowers you to set healthy boundaries...

  4. Protects you from the toxic takers in your life...

  5. Creates space for you to explore yourself...

  6. Strengthens your resolve to stick with your core values...

  7. Builds confidence in you to back yourself more...

  8. Redefines the nature and dynamics of your relationships...

  9. Clarifies what you should say YES to...

  10. Refocuses you on self-care...

  11. Sets you up for success in the short and long-term...

  12. Changes the way others see you (and the way you see yourself)...

  13. Reminds you of the power of your own voice...

  14. Stops you from being taken advantage of...

  15. Keeps you headed in a healthy direction...

  16. Pushes you to qualify and quantify your opportunities...

  17. Simplifies your life...

  18. Affirms your self-worth...

  19. And, about a dozen or other so life-changing benefits.

I don't know about you, but saying NO is a gift I give myself. When you say NO, you're actually saying YES.

YES to your own soul.
YES to the things which matter the most to you.
YES to your own sanity.
YES to your own future.
YES to freedom.

Don't be afraid to set healthy boundaries for yourself. Because if you don't stand up for yourself, no one else will. But first, you have to believe you're worth it.

And, it's okay to disappoint others.

They'll survive without you.

In fact, it'll be healthier for them to know where you really stand. Often times when you constantly say YES people begin to take you for granted. And, they take advantage of you. You even rob them of an opportunity to grow, learn and develop on their own.

This is called co-dependency. The all-too-familiar quicksand of needing to be needed. Don't get stuck there. Start saying NO more. Today.

Go, on. Say it out loud. Louder. One more time. 

How do you feel? Good, right?

Here's to those all-powerful-boundary-setting letters...

Steve Knox


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