Interpreting ‘no’

When you say ‘Yes’ to others, make sure you are not saying ‘No’ to yourself. ~ Paulo Coelho

Saying ‘no’ to a person, rationally thinking, means rejecting the person’s idea – not the person. It is a process of exchange of ideas & opinions. Saying or hearing ‘no’ shouldn’t affect the relationship between each other. For some reason, this aspect is so often overlooked & most people are offended when the answer is ‘no’.

You have to decide what your highest priorities are & have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. ~ Stephen Covey

Also, a lot of people find it extremely difficult to say ‘no’ because it is usually misinterpreted as being rude, selfish or hurtful to others. Again, it is only the idea that is being rejected and it is absolutely okay to say it.

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

Posted also on Medium & BlogHer.


4 thoughts on “Interpreting ‘no’

  1. recently I opened a book I haven’t looked at for a long time and it said, “some people get sick because they don’t know how to say no.” pretty powerful stuff. I really like your post!


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