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8 Easy Steps to Master the Art of Saying No

“Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re not going to do.”- John Carmack If you’ve ever spent any amount of time with a toddler, you’ll quickly become aware that one of their favorite words is “no.” They don’t have any issues throwing it around however they please. We’ve all been toddlers, but as we grow older, we get conditioned to believe that saying “no” is a bad thing. So much so, that it actually becomes uncomfortable to say when presented with things we don’t want to do, or simply don’t have the capacity to do at that moment. We often say “yes” even when we shouldn’t. The problem with this is even though we think we’re being helpful, it’s actually to the detriment of the task at hand and those involved. Someone will be disappointed.