How Saying “NO” Can Help You Become More Productive in Life and Business

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You have the right to say “NO” to unreasonable request without feeling guilty.

“Let today mark a new beginning for you. Give yourself permission to say NO without feeling guilty, mean, or selfish. Anybody who gets upset and/or expects you to say YES all of the time clearly doesn’t have your best interest at heart. Always remember: You have a right to say NO without having to explain yourself. Be at peace with your decisions.”
― Stephanie Lahart

In your journey to be successful in life and business, make all your dreams come true and live a happy and healthy stress-free life, you must learn how to look people in the face and say NO.

Easier said than done right?

Well, you have to be intentional when learning anything new to get the best out of it.

Saying NO is not cruel and heartless. It doesn’t make you a Pharoah or Jezebel without a heart.

You have to say NO to something, to someone and to some place to enjoy peace and freedom that only you can comprehend. It is liberating when you say NO and take control of your life.


Living life to the fullest is about gaining control over everything happening around you. However, it may not be easy to have 100% control over everything but it’s important to have a certain level of control that liberates you from any drama.

People will always ask you to fix this or do that. I know it’s tempting to prove to them that you are an expert in your field and that you know everything with regards to your field.

It usually stems out from our ego to display our intelligence or from self-doubt that wants to seek people’s approval. I have fallen into this trap a lot of the time where I wanted to prove to people that I know a lot of things.

Hence, anybody that sends an email seeking for my help, I immediately say yes because I want to feel important and knowledgeable.

Learn to say NO to some opportunities that come your way. You should know that not every “life-changing opportunity” will change your life. Most of the opportunities that come your way are just meant to waste your time and distract you from the bigger picture.

I have said NO to many business opportunities that were only meant to distract me from my dreams in life. I said NO to a business opportunity a friend introduced me to and I have never regretted it. I know my NO upset him but I’m happy I said those cute two letter words. NO.


Life should not always be about they, them and others. Sometimes,you have to do something that your future self will thank you for. Say NO to a party invitation and sit at home to watch your favourite TV show.

Say NO to that cute guy and rather spend that time helping your mum in the kitchen. Seriously! You don’t have to say YES to everybody.

There are a lot of things you could say NO to that will liberate your life.

Say NO to some business opportunities.

Say NO to toxic relationships.

Say NO to some requests.

Say NO to some articles, videos and even experts who distract you from your big goals and dreams in life.

It’s ok to say NO to MMM and every Ponzi and pyramid schemes that promise to make you quick money without any effort.

You are free and powerful when you say NO to things and people who stop you from living your life to the fullest.

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Say NO to limiting thoughts and beliefs.

Every thought and belief that limits you from reaching your full potential and living your dreams should be thrown into the trash can.

Refuse to please everybody at the expense of your happiness.The truth is, no matter how good you are, you can’t possibly make everybody happy.

Even in business, you must learn to say NO to some clients. Your products and services cannot be for everybody. Remember the saying that if you’re selling to everybody, you’re selling to nobody.


Say NO to clients who make you feel that you’re not good enough or they’re doing you a favour by buying from you. Turn the table around and show them that they are the ones who need you.

When you know and understand who your ideal client is, saying NO to someone who is not your ideal client will not be difficult.

And while you’re saying NO to people, don’t take it personal when other people say NO to you. Respect people’s resolve to say NO to your request.

“Until you learn how to confidently say NO to so many things, you shall always say YES to so many things. The real summary of a regretful life is a life that failed to balance YES and NO. Yes! A life that failed to recognize when to courageously say NO and when to confidently say YES!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Sometimes you need to say NO, so, somebody else has the chance to say yes.

By stepping back and letting others step in, you begin to create an environment where you can start to coach and mentor (versus always being the one who is executing).

You just need to say no, so you can put yourself first. Finding time to exercise, meditate, go for a walk, read and so forth requires you to say yes to yourself and no other things that prevent you from truly putting your health and perspective first.

When you can’t say ‘no’ and fail to give yourself enough sleep, simply coz you’re busy finishing all the extra work you said yes to, will take a major negative toll on your health.

When you learn to say ‘no’, your ‘yes’ becomes more valuable. People will know you don’t simply say yes to everything, so when you say yes it really means something.

Next time when you’re genuinely busy or can’t or don’t wish to say yes, politely say no. It won’t spoil your relationship with the person or show that you’re incapable of doing it. It will simply mean you’re too occupied and you have your priorities right.

So, relax and practice the word ‘No’.




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