If you’re working on a corporate job it is inevitable that you are faced with critical situations. There will be times where you’ll be overwhelmed with work but doesn’t want to reject an opportunity aside. In these situations, the smartest thing to do is to asses your priorities, consider the time you have left. It’s okay to say ‘no’ to something big if you’re not confident you can deliver it exquisitely. Breathe first, and try to stay composed for a moment. This will help you avoid spurring snappy answer or a rushed answers that are thoughtless and rushed. Think it through, consider the details. If you are confident that the outcome will be good, say yes. If not, you should consider saying ‘no’. Regardless of the setting, saying ‘yes’ entails responsibilities which you are automatically committing yourself to, and only do so if you’re confident that you can follow through.
Here are some of the reasons why you should consider thinking about saying ‘no’. before you say ‘yes’:
Don’t feel obliged to say ‘YES’
You don’t owe anyone anything, so there’s no reason for you to feel that you have to answer ‘yes’ every time. It’s important to remember that when you say ‘yes’ you ascertain yourself.
You can’t please everyone
Before answering, don’t even try to think of how others will think about you. Whether you say ‘yes’ or ‘no’, it will not substantially affect how people perceive you. Moreover, it’s always best to be precarious than rash.
Only you know your priorities
If you have something to do, you don’t need to elaborate on it and compromise your time. Since you know your responsibilities more than everybody else, prioritize what’s more important.
You know what’s best for you
Before committing to something, make sure that it will not compromise you to a sticky situation. Situations like these are brought by rash decisions, thoughtless answers and relentless assertions on saying yes. Remember, when you’re in a working environment, it’s better to say no than commit to something you know you can’t deliver.
You don’t have to explain yourself
You’re the only person responsible and accountable for what you do. You don’t really need to justify anything, just say ‘no’ and keep your reasons to yourself.