It is my right to say no to others without feeling guilt

It is my right to say no to others without feeling guilt

My life is my own to live as I please. And my choices are mine to make. Therefore, friends and family members are unable to pressure me into decisions they would like me to make.

I try to be nice to everyone and respectful to all people. However,

I stand my ground when people become overly needy or start making demands of me.

Woman saying no with her hand
Like everything else in my life, my time is my own. If I am not in the mood to frequently visit with a family member or friend, so be it. My only true obligation is to my immediate family; everyone else simply gets portions of the time that I have free. They each get only the time I am willing to dedicate to them.

Personally, I make it a point to always respect the boundaries of others. I refrain from pushing, prying, or overextending my welcome. I would feel like a burden if I were to push myself onto others in such a manner. It is only fair that my friends and family respect my need to control my own time and decisions.

I have the power to say no to others without feeling guilt. This is because I am aware that it is my right to say no to someone without negative repercussions.

Today, I honor the commitments I make. And I make only the commitments that I can participate in with goodwill. Also, I refuse to play along with something when I’d rather not take part.

Self-Reflection Questions

  1. Do I often feel manipulated by others to do as they want simply to get them off my back?
  2. When saying no to others, do I feel as if I should have done more to help?
  3. Do I make unrealistic requests from others?
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