The Power of No

Does your automatic “yes” mechanism kick in when someone asks you to do something? Once the word is out it’s pretty hard to back off and say no. Besides, you don’t want to look like a jerk, do you? The same thing is true of choices we make about our spending–do you say yes when you should say no to something you are buying? If you are a chronic yes’er, it’s not too late to change.

Start by saying no intentionally three times per day. Start small–say no to plastic bags at the grocery store. The more you practice, the easier it will be. Own the age-old slogan, “just say no.”

It is so important to say “No” these days. Until we learn to say “No” we continue to be stressed and overwhelmed with too much to do in not enough time. That causes our own priorities like health, quality time with family or yourself to suffer.

No wonder kids go through a phase where their favorite word is “No”. That’s because No is a power word. It gives a definite sense of self. And this means that saying “No” is also an ideal opportunity to rediscover your sense of who you are! Say no to that cute skirt or shoes that are on sale–especially if they don’t match anything else you have!

So, whether you learn to say “No” more often, or just learn to say “Yes” on your terms, release yourself from the burden of pleasing others and give yourself more time and freedom to do what matters to you. So let’s get started! the_power_of_no to get a worksheet on the Power of No (and Yes)

Best of the day to you,


About Karen

Karen Karsten, CPCC, CAC, has had several business careers, in government, finance, retail and publishing. Each career was a building block that helped her create the life she has now as a coach, writer and executive director of Rich Chicks and Creative Principle of Think You Can LLC.

Her companies, Think You Can ( and Rich Chicks ( both explore the magic of prosperity and creating clarity about life values. Karen has total faith in the magic of belief. Notice how that works either way: belief of magic, magic of belief. Magic is there—in you, too. Take a moment right now and honor the magic in you.

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