Have you ever been inundated with requests from family, friends, co-workers, schoolmates, or random people you meet on the side of the road even? I’ve had that issue lately. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being able to help those around me; however, its taken a toll lately. I’ve realized that me doing everything for everyone else has led ME to slack off on my own responsibilities. I’ve learned that I need to learn how to say that 2-letter word…what is it again…oh yeah, NO!
Now, most people may think that saying no to all those requests I get may be easy…BUT if you’re like me (and think you can do it all) then you know saying no is just plain hard. It makes me feel as though I’ve failed for some reason. Yes, weird way to feel when it’s not even your responsibility in the first place but its how I feel. Some may say its the OCD need to be in control, which I don’t deny, and others may just think I’m plain crazy. Either way you put it, there’s a reason I have an issue saying no and I’m trying to find what that is.
My question to you (whoever you may be, is anyone reading this? HELLO…??) is….do you have issues saying no? If so, how do you deal with the requests to help? Do I need to learn how to prioritize better? Do I need to say no to every other request? What are your ideas??
Now let me leave you with these pictures to emphasize my crisis….