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How To Say No | Care2 Healthy Living: Lissa Rankin writes a special post for an Owning Pink reader who asks how

How To Say No | Care2 Healthy Living: Lissa Rankin writes a special post for an Owning Pink reader who asks how

Get clear on whether it’s really a “no” or a “yes.” Are you saying “no” because you really don’t want to do it? Or is it really a “yes,” only you’re afraid? If it’s really a yes and you’re wallowing in fear, learn how to choose freedom over fear . If you’re not sure if it’s a “yes” or a “no,” ask your body. Notice physical symptoms. Tap into your Inner Pilot Light . Figure out what’s true for you. Don’t hedge. Avoid the temptation to say “maybe later” when it’s really a “no.” If you’re sure it’s a no, be kind but firm. “Maybe later” is a cop out and sends a mixed message that leaves the door open for “yes.” If you’re on the fence, “maybe later” is appropriate, but if you’re sure it’s a “no,” close the door. Avoid excuses. If your “no” leaves room for someone to alter the plan and ask again, you haven’t said no effectively. Avoid saying “I can’t because. . .” Instead say, “...

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