What's So Hard About Saying 'No'?

September 18, 2014 4:57 PM

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What's So Hard About Saying 'No'?

After a long summer of relaxed living and lighter schedules, fall has arrived... and brought with it a renewed intensity, and a rush of new activities, commitments, and if you have children, an ocean of forms, sign-up sheets, and requests that you volunteer for this or that. It's all good stuff, worthwhile stuff, but you don't have the available time or the energy to do it all, so what do you do? Of course, you just say, "No." Simple, right? Not so fast.

The problem is many of us, and I am talking particularly to women here, have great difficulty with this little word. Why is it so difficult to say, "No"? The reasons are certainly many and varied, but there are some truths that apply to all of us, especially to those who tend towards being people pl...

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