Many of us want to be the office superhero helping everyone and taking on all those special projects.
It makes us look good and feel like we are indispensable. However, there are times when saying no will benefit you more than saying yes.
But isn’t it always better to say yes?
Not necessarily. If the scale gets out of balance, you will suffer from your yes man/woman mentality far more than you will prosper.
While there are many positive aspects of going above and beyond, there is a fine line between being a team player and being a doormat. And who wants that reputation?
So what are the benefits of saying no?
- It will reduce the stress in your day.
- It will leave space for new opportunities you may have missed out on by being so busy with the extra work you’ve taken on.
- You will take back your power by not compulsively agreeing to do what you can’t or feel you have to do out of fear.
- Others will respect you more for speaking your truth and sticking up for yourself. Granted, the office leech may be a little upset with you, but who cares?
A key component to standing out at work is demonstrating your ability to do more than your current job dictates but moderation is key.
Next week, we will look at reasons why setting boundaries is absolutely imperative for you and your career.
For now, remember that â€œnoâ€ is as viable an option as eyes.