The Power Of Saying No and Meaning It
Come parlé with us, and let’s get into the importance of being selfish sometimes.
The definition of the word “no” is not at all; to no extent. But, honey, let me tell you. I didn’t know how to say no to a lot of things. I was always that person that people could depend on. Everyone knew I would say yes; within reason, of course. I was the babysitter, the driver, the helper, etc. It’s just the way my heart is set up.
It wasn’t until I hit my thirties that all those times I would say yes started turning into the word no. No, I’m not babysitting. No, I won’t drive you anywhere. No, I can’t help you out. It wasn’t like I had a vendetta against anyone; I was just tired of saying yes when I couldn’t get the same thing from all the people I was saying yes to. Of course, everybody got mad at me and asked me why I was saying no all of a sudden.
But that’s the thing. It wasn’t all of a sudden. I stopped answering phone calls and texts. People would reach out only when they needed something, so I started doing to them what they did to me. Now, I won’t say yes to anything. I’m proud of myself for that.
Recently, I had a co-worker talk to me about the fact that it was hard for her to say no to people and when she did, she would give excuses to them why she’d say no. I had to tell her to stop that. Just say no and leave it at that. You don’t need to give anyone an excuse for why you say no and here’s why.
They don’t pay your bills.
They don’t lay next to you at night.
They don’t take your stress away.
They don’t take care of your household.
They. Just. Don’t.
So, because of that, tell them no without any remorse. When it comes to certain things disrupting you, your life, or your home, no is easy to say. I implore every single person that I know to tell people no all the time. Why? Because when you’re sick or tired or broke, who can you call on? Give those people the same energy that they give you. If they’re never around until they want or need something, say no. Hell, say it as many times as it takes in order for them to get the point. And at no time should you give them an explanation of why you’re saying no.
I’m 37 years old now. All throughout my twenties, I said yes to everything and everybody. All I got for it was a bunch of negative energy and problems from people that I didn’t even birth into this world! That was an eye-opener for me. So now, I only say yes to what I want to. I don’t let anyone guilt-trip me into saying yes to a damn thing. I could care less about how they feel when I say no because they don’t care how I feel when I’m going through something.
Say no, Sis. Say no to everything that isn’t good for you, that doesn’t benefit you or won’t be reciprocated in the future. Just say no!
If people are mad about it, let them stay mad. At the end of the day you have to take care of yourself because if you ain’t good, nobody in your home is good. I don’t know about y’all, but I’d rather be good to those I know would be there for me beyond a shadow of doubt than those I have to question.
If all else fails, get an accountability partner. Get someone who will help you say no and mean it. Say no with no regrets and no reason. SAY NO!
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