Do you ever feel like your priorities aren’t your own and that you get sucked into say yes to everything because you like pleasing other people? In this 90-second video, I share an easy first step to managing this problem. Or, continue reading below.
Today I want to talk about the overwhelmed “yes girl” who needs an alternative. I actually am taking inspiration from a friend who found herself doing this all the time, and my suggestion to her was that instead of saying “yes” right away when people asked something of her (e.g. Can you take on this project? Can you accompany me here? Can you grab the groceries for us tonight? etc.), try saying, “can I get back to you?” She wanted to say something, but also leave herself a little time to put aside her people pleasing habits and think about whether she had the bandwidth, time or desire to take the new thing on. Just try that on for size and see how it feels! Instead of an instant “yes”, try “can I get back to you?” People can usually wait an hour while you think something through, and I bet it will make a difference. Give it a whirl and let me know how that goes for you; I’m going to make an effort to try that this week too.
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Megan is the owner of Megan Words, a boutique copywriting and editing consulting business devoted to helping female entrepreneurs with worthy causes develop high-quality web copy and content. She sometimes wears pants. Learn more about her here.