THE POWER OF SAYING NO
Those who don’t hesitate to say “yes” when asked to participate in any situation whether that is an activity, or a question are often looked at as courageous and spontaneous. On the other side, the people who are easy to say “no” are often looked at as weak and dull. It can be easy to make assumptions about a person with how they respond. But what is overlooked, is how there is certain power one holds when saying “no” without fear. A big factor that plays into people’s idea of confidence is the way they will be perceived by others, which can cause the fear to express opinion. However, I am here to share why one of the most confident traits one can advertise in themself is the power of saying no.
First, it is important to understand you don’t owe anyone an explanation for the reasoning of your “no.” The “no” is the explanation. The word “no” used as a response is an opinion that is not a ‘one size fits all.’ No reason for the, “why not?” It is simple, “no” means no.
Second, “the power of saying no” could be the change that could be made. Leaders such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Tamika Mallory, and even young environmental activist Greta Thunberg, are admired as role models due to their ability to essentially say “no” to those in power. Their roles play such a big impact on their audience due to the confidence they produce when they are saying no. Without that strong backbone they carry with them, the people would not be as impacted as they are.
Ultimately, the most important factor from the power of saying no, is not giving power to the opinionated by saying yes. “Let today mark a new beginning for you. Give yourself permission to say NO without feeling guilty, mean, or selfish. Anybody who gets upset or expects you to say yes, all the time clearly doesn’t have your best interest at heart. Always remember: You have a right to say no without having to explain yourself. Be at peace with your decisions,” a quote stated by Stephanie Lahart on Goodreads.