If you have difficulty saying "no" and always trying to be nice to others at the expense of yourself - you are not alone. Many people are not good at saying "no" because they are afraid to hurt other person's feelings. But saying yes when you need to say no causes burnout. Thinking you are a bad person for saying no is a symptom of "the disease to please."
But the good news are you can say "no" to anyone, even a closest friend, without being rude or feeling guilty about it.
At the end of the day, it’s about how you say “no”, rather than the fact you’re saying no, that affects the outcome. Here's how to do it:
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If someone made a request to you, and you want to say "no", but do not really know how to do this and you let this person hanging with no answer for days or even weeks. That is actually a lot worse than saying "no" in the first place. A person certainly won't forget about his request, and this way you will put yourself in a bad light and might lead to negative consequences in the future. So, if you want to say "no" - do it right away.