“Give yourself permission to say, ‘No.'”
As young girls, many of us were taught to always try to please people. We were told it was important to be seen as nice and non-confrontational. As a result, we went out of our way to do things that people wanted. We became people pleasers, afraid to rock the boat.
Is this still your mantra?
Recognize and appreciate that you have a right to do what’s right for you. There is no need to always feel obligated to please others, at your expense.
If a friend asks you do something when you have other priorities, say “No.” If the school asks you to volunteer when you’d rather enjoy lunch with friends, say “No.”
Don’t feel obligated to offer an excuse. Give yourself permission to say, “No!” Because a balanced life includes pleasing yourself, as well as others.
©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women
Today’s Affirmation: I have given myself permission to say, “No.”