Many of us are taught from a young age to be "people pleasers" who say yes to others all the time for fear of being disliked. In the workplace, it might be for fear of what the boss might say, or of being seen as someone who isn’t a "team player."
But other people’s goals are not yours, and the more you say yes to them, the more you will stray from your chosen path. If what you are being asked to do would be a real commitment in terms of time, effort, money, or another limited resource, it’s time to develop strategies for saying no. Here are some methods to try.