Would you consider No to be a simple or a complex word? Is it hard to pronounce? Is it hard to understand? Would most respond to these questions by saying, that no is a simple word that is easy to say and is easy to understand? If it is easy to say the word no, why do so many struggle to express it? Despite a lack of time, higher priorities or a lack of interest is there often a reluctance to say no? Why?

Is it the situation, the person asking, or the required commitment that makes answering with no, so difficult? Do we not want to say no to someone because of a fear of offending, causing hurt feelings, jeopardizing future interactions or even provoking anger? Is it really a trust issue? Could it be tied to respect? Does it involve our self-esteem?

“When you say ‘Yes’ to others, make sure you are not saying ‘No’ to yourself.”–Paulo Coelho

Is it tough to accept a no answer from others? Do we tend to take any no personally? Is this a self-esteem issue?

At times, does the presentation of an opportunity, necessitate further evaluation and consideration before saying no or yes?

Is it tough to say no to ourselves? Could it be that any no is really a no to ourselves? Could a no to others, actually be a yes to ourselves?

Do you find it difficult to say no to requests from others? How do you make yes or no decisions? Do you have a system? Do you filter everything through your life purpose, or your values or your priorities? Is the decision primarily based on your calendar?

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