How To Back Out Gracefully: The Art Of Saying No After You’ve Said Yes

Can you relate?

You said yes to a major project with your full heart. You felt good. Excited. Ready to dive in. You believe in this thing and the other folks involved are thrilled to have you on board.

A bit of time goes by and your life takes a turn.

It’s all good, but things are different now. Less time, less bandwidth. The truth is you stress even thinking about this project and what it will take to pull it off.

But, you already said yes. You gave your word.

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People are counting on you (lots of them) and you pride yourself on being someone who honors commitments, no matter what.

Enter a stormy, emotional mix of guilt, inadequacy, panic, and fear.

There’s the fear of looking weak, the fear of disappointing others, and the fear of damaging your reputation.

Do you suck it up and try harder, or, do you call it quits?

If you’ve ever struggled with saying no after you’ve already said yes, this MarieTV is for you.

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How To Be Direct With Your Business Partner or Friend

I just wrapped up a three day visit with my parents here in Los Angeles — we had sooo many laughs and good times.

One of the things I appreciate most about my mom, in particular, is how painfully direct she is.

“I don’t want to go on rides.” “I want that clam chowder — now.” “This show is boring. Let’s go.”

There’s no upset or drama. Just the simple truth of how she feels about any particular subject, in real time.

She’s a living demonstration of the phrase “give it to me straight.” While you may not always like what she has to say, you always know exactly where she stands.

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Saying what you mean, directly and plainly, isn’t a skill that comes naturally for many of us.

Especially when it comes to having delicate conversations that involve both business and friendship.

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How To Say No To Promoting Others With Honesty & Class

Not sure if you’ve dealt with this before, but if you’re a person who’s committed to achieving greatness and helping others (and I believe you are) eventually, you will.

Imagine this scenario.

You’ve worked your butt off and built a great reputation. People respect and listen to what you have to say because you’re honest, generous, and most importantly, you really care. And one of the things that gets you most excited is seeing others succeed.

Because you’re committed to living life to the fullest, you’ve become part of a vibrant community of go-getters who maintain a standard of supporting each other’s dreams.

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it. - B. Franklin Click To Tweet

One day, you get a request from a friend who’s also in this community. She asks you to endorse her and promote her to your network.

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