Last week, our KISS challenge was to Write it Down. How did you do? If you’re not in a habit of doing this, it may feel awkward at first, but don’t give up. Find a way that works for you and keep moving forward.
This week, we’re going to get a little personal.
There are so many people who don’t know how to say no. It seems like such a simple word, but depending on the situation, some struggle with uttering this one-syllable word.
Toddlers can say it with loudly and proudly, at will, without blinking an eye. But many moms live lives of remorse because they’ve failed, yet again, to say that small word.
I’m not talking about in life-threatening situations, or even when asked to add yet another responsibility to your workload. I’m talking about failing to say no in small, seemingly inconsequential situations, like:
- when you’re extremely tired and sleep deprived, but you just have to stay up late to finish that _________ (fill in the blank), or
- when you know you’ve eaten enough, but that _________ tastes so good, you just have to have another bite, or
- when you should be exercising, but there’s seems to be so many other tasks that need to be done first, or
- when you reach for coffee, soda, juice, or a flavored drink instead of drinking a glass of pure water – which your body is really craving for, or
- when you agree to play longer with the kids, or help out a friend, or run an errand for your spouse when what you really need is one hour to yourself to recharge.
I’m talking about not being able to say “NO” to yourself.
It’s noble to be giving, dependable, and helpful, but not when it’s at risk to your physical and mental health. You are a priority too.
Say it with me, “I am a top priority.”
If you are not healthy, you cannot give your best to your family, friends, work, or community. It’s simply not possible. Your body has limits and if you keep pushing those limits, over time, your body will give out.
So starting today, make a decision to say “No” in at least one of the areas you struggle with. Grab water when thirsty, or go to bed one hour earlier than you normally do.
Whichever area or item you choose, write it down. Post it where you can see it so you’re reminded throughout the day to say, “No.”
If you want, type it in the comments section below for some accountability and we’ll cheer you on.
Here’s to keeping life simple!