Transforming our lives is about setting boundaries and sticking to them. Determining what’s important to us – to ourselves and our families – and not allowing other peoples’ needs to interfere. This is hard. This is difficult. And this is important.
Often we say yes when we want to say no because we want to please the other person, either to gain their approval, or to prove our worth to them.
Each time we do this we place more value on how they view us than we do on how we view and value ourselves.
Think back to the last time you said yes when you really wanted to say no. Close your eyes and imagine yourself right back in that same situation. How did your body feel? Did you feel energized or drained? Did you feel full of love and helpfulness or did you feel full of shoulds and must dos?
As an example, I have a hard time saying what I truly want when I know that the other person feels different. I want to please them. I want them to like me. Every time I say yes when I really mean to say no, I feel my life force energy actually moving out of my body and aura and into theirs as I think, “Yes, I’ll do what you want me to do because I really, really, really want you to approve of me.”
Has this ever happened to you?
If you are leaking your energy out to others in shoulds and must-do’s, then you are depleting your life force – and that’s not healthy.
Before you say yes when you want to say no, stop and breathe. Give yourself time to think and ask yourself why you want to say yes.
Are you seeking their approval?
Do you feel guilty just thinking about saying no?
If you had all the extra time in the world, is this how you would want to spend it?
Allow your intuition to be your guide. If your stomach is queasy and your energy suddenly plummets, that’s a sure sign that this request is not in alignment with your needs. And there’s nothing wrong with putting yourself first. Remember what the flight attendant always says, “Place your own oxygen mask on first, and then help someone else do the same.”
Practice saying no. Stand in front of a mirror and say to yourself, “You know I’d love to help out with this project, but I just can’t. I’m way overbooked.” Or, “Gee, I’m so sorry, but I can’t take that on right now.” Period … end of sentence. You do not need to justify why you can’t, you just need to say no. Leave no doubt, no room for maneuvering. You want to be clear in your no while coming from a place of compassion and honesty.
Transforming your life is learning to let go of those things, those people, and those shoulds that are not life-sustaining. This is when saying no and sticking to it is such a powerful tool. It’s major league boundary setting.
Are you worth it?