Say “no”.

Let’s say I have a friend named Linda.

She is always running late. She keeps forgetting things she promised to get done. She stood me up several times when we wanted to meet for lunch. Last time we really talked, she told me about trouble at work. She was very upset, because people who she had a good relationship with were complaining about her.

Really, she’s one of the kindest, sweetest people you can imagine. But she’s letting people down because she just can’t say “no”.

Saying “yes” to every request just means that you can’t get anything done, you’re constantly stressed out, and by trying to please everybody, you end up pissing everybody off.

 

Don’t be Linda. Just say “no” more often.