Without explaining yourself.
There will always be something super important ahead of you. Once in a lifetime job offer, you would be crazy to reject, the meeting you must attend or client you have to build a relationship with. The list can go on and on.
I have used to be a yes person for a long time. Time has passed by and I have learned that setting up boundaries is healthy. It allows you to make a space for things that matter the most.
In the beginning, I felt guilty for saying no to anything that did not interest me. It was not easy but it was necessary. Only after that I had finally time to focus on my life and could move forward.
“If you want more time, freedom, and energy, start saying no.”
It does not make you a bad person if you prioritize what you want. “No” is a complete answer. There is no need to apology or explain. People will eventually understand.
“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” — Warren Buffet
Saying yes to one thing means saying no to a hundred of other things. By accepting one job offer, you are missing out on many others. By choosing your partner, you are losing a chance to spend this time with plenty of other people. By accepting one strategy in a business, you will not have enough resources to work on thousands of others.
It is the reason why you should choose wisely. Don’t settle for good, go for the best. When making choices, follow your intuition. It is always right.