Over time I learned that saying “No” to certain things means saying “Yes” to yourself more. Declining an invite to go out because you want to rest for the weekend. Refusing to buy a product that your friend sells because you want to save money. We should not feel guilty or embarrassed for every “No” we told someone. Why?
Needs > Wants
We are all humans who desire something in this world. It is normal to dream of getting your hands on that gadget you saw online, or to taste the food that you have been wanting to try for months now. Having these thoughts does not make you greedy. But you must always keep in mind that the things that we want are not necessarily the things that we need. It is important to distinguish your needs and wants. Do I really need that overpriced newly-released phone? When my phone is still in a good condition. Do I really need to eat at that restaurant now? If one meal already costs me a weekly allowance. It does not hurt putting your needs first and putting aside your wants for now. You can always go to that restaurant when you have extra in your pocket. In a few months, new phone models will be released. So every time you desire something, ask yourself first, “Do I really need this now?”
Acknowledging Your Limitations
We must acknowledge that we can’t have everything that we want. We are just humans. Just like how we can’t have everything that we want, we can’t also do everything at once. There is a limit to what we can do at the moment. There is also a limit to what we can spend in terms of money and time. Acknowledging limitations means I can’t spend a thousand pesos for a lipstick because I will be short on allowance for next week and the pay out is still at the end of the month. I don’t want to owe money from my friend because I spent it on an item I could have bought some other time. Acknowledging limitations means I can’t attend an event I want to because I have work to do which is important. So always think twice before making a decision. Do not be impulsive.
You Are Not Here to Please Other People
Why do you think you need approval from others? Why do you seek validation from strangers? Pleasing other people won’t ever make you happy. You are not in this world to please everyone. Don’t change who you are to belong. You don’t need to like what everyone likes. It’s okay to share a different opinion from the rest. You don’t need to do what everyone else is doing. Say “No” to pleasing other people and say “Yes” to being the authentic and real you.
You See The Bigger Picture
Saying no means saying yes to yourself. Yes to the well-deserved rest you earned for the week. Yes to finally starting what you have always wanted to do. Saying no to the things you have already done multiple times is not a bad deed. It signifies growth. You are done with drunk Saturday nights because you decided to spend it writing the first page of the book you have always dreamed of. Deciding not to go out because you want more time for yourself or your passion is not a bad decision and definitely not being a bad friend. Focusing on what you want to achieve involves removing distractions. To get where you want to be in life, sacrifice and compromise is needed. You may lose some of your friends. But that’s life. You grow, and sometimes you lose people along the way because they are not part of the next thing God has planned for you. You are going to change habits because they no longer help your current and future self. And that’s okay.