Setting boundaries and disappointing people

I am a great believer in the value of being able to say “no”.

To set boundaries and decide, with intention and thought, what I am going to do, what work I will take on, when I will do the work, the degree of discomfort and pressure I am willing to bear, and when and how often I, or someone on my behalf, will say “no”.

“He can’t do that now”.

“No, he is not available now, he’s just gone into a meeting”.

“No, he has nothing available for a few weeks”.

I am committed to not having my agenda determined by others. It is not selfish, in my opinion.

It is essential.