I struggle with saying no. But I’m reading Pat Flynn’s book Let Go and he positions saying no as being able to say yes to something else. For everything you say yes to there is something you are consequently saying no to.
So saying no to something enables you to say yes to something else -for example saying no to a work opportunity in order to say yes to spending more time with family.
How often do we equate saying yes to a work opportunity as saying no to spending time with our family? Put this way can certainly make it easier to say no to something that’s less important to the things you really want to be saying yes to.