Tip: Do not elaborate past the “No.”

Stand that ground!

Nobody likes to be told “No”, and fewer like to say it, but it is a part of life. In order to enforce the boundaries that are crucial for our happiness and success, we will have to disappoint people by not putting their desires ahead of our own. “No” is a complete sentence. When you explain yourself, it offers the other person an opportunity to combat your reasoning with ways to do what they want but within the parameters of your reasoning. If your reasoning is solid, “No” is all that you need to communicate.

If they don’t respect this, they won’t respect your reasoning, either.

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Neth Williams

Neth Williams

After almost 20 years working as a paralegal, I use my writing skills and ability to translate complex ideas into real words.