I’ve had to say “no” to a lot of requests lately. That happens when I crawl into my book writing cave. (AKA me sitting on my bed with a gazillion pieces of paper, gum wrappers, my Bible, research stuff all around me, and a really messy ponytail/bun thing on the top of my head.)
I have a book deadline. Which means I have the need for 60,000 words. Words that need to come quickly and actually make sense.
I also have a family that still needs a wife and a mama.
Which leaves very little room for anything extra right now.
So, the word “no” and I have been getting more and more acquainted lately. And that’s a good thing. But I’m finding “no” and I have some dysfunctions we have had to work through.
And since maybe you do too, I thought I’d just open up a little discussion here so we can chat about it. After all, this is the theme of the book I’m writing and I honestly think you are wonderfully smart and I want to glean some of your wisdom. And possibly quote you in my book.
So, here is my addition to our chat: 6 reasons behind why we have such a hard time saying “no:”
We think saying no…
1. Is the same thing as being rude.
2. Will cause us to miss out on something we might regret later.
3. Isn’t the Christian thing to do.
4. Will produce negative lingering effects and awkwardness in this relationship.
5. Means we aren’t as capable or nice as the people who say yes.
If even a few of these things bump into our decision making processes, it’s no wonder why we have a hard time saying “no.” But are they true? Hmmm….
Let’s talk about it. Share whatever comes to the top of your mind in the comments below. And if I use your comment, I’ll email you. Thanks!