One of the hardest things to do in life is to say “No.” To invitations, to requests, to obligations, to the
stuff that everyone else is doing. Even harder is saying no to certain time-consuming emotions:
anger, excitement, distraction, obsession, lust. None of these impulses feels like a big deal by itself, but run amok, they become a commitment like anything else.
If you’re not careful, these are precisely the impositions that will overwhelm and consume your life.
Do you ever wonder how you can get some of your time back, how you can feel less busy? Start by
learning the power of “No!”—as in “No, thank you,” and “No, I’m not going to get caught up in that,” and
“No, I just can’t right now.” It may hurt some feelings. It may turn people off. It may take some hard
work.But the more you say no to the things that don’t matter, the more you can say yes to the things that do.
This will let you live and enjoy your life—the life that you want.