Saying ‘Yes’ 24/7 leaves you exasperated. Harness this caveat to prevent burnout and actually improve your relationships and career.
It’s hard to say ‘No.’
The negative response might make you feel like a selfish jerk, a disobliging team member, or worse: a wet blanket.
‘Yes’ is the default for many, for any and all of these reasons:
- Desire to be seen as kind, or well liked
- Drive to succeed
- Some are ‘Superheros’ with the ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead’ mindset
- Others feel obligated or guilty
…but a lot of us just don’t say ‘No’ out of habit and have no clue how to start.
There’s a point at which saying ‘Yes’ to every request becomes both a detriment to you, and to the other person(s)— not to mention damages your relationship dynamic.