Personal Development

Reach your personal development goals by saying no

Comments (24)
  1. Carissa says:

    Saying no is so important… it is a word that holds us back from many opportunities just because we are afraid to say it!
    Thanks for sharing:)

  2. I learned a long time ago that expecting everyone’s approval was impossible and draining. Now I live the ‘I don’t care what you think’ life! ?

  3. Yolanda says:

    This is a great article, especially since there are so many people that struggle with the same problems. Sometimes we may feel like we are alone, but in reality we all have our own personal struggles. It is very important to invest in our own personal well-being and focus less on everyone’s approval. Saying no and facing my fears, that’s a tricky for me.

  4. Rachael says:

    You have said so many useful things in this article that I believe everyone can take away from., myself included! Thank you! And best of luck to you in life, enjoy it!

  5. Lindsey says:

    Saying no is SO IMPORTANT ?????? Saying no really actually allows us to grow and move in the direction we want to go. Such good wisdom!

  6. Davilyn says:

    Love this! When people like you, share their struggles it makes it easier for others to open up. So many people in our world go through the same thing, alone. I’ve battled for years. I am also like you with small talk, I can’t handle it. Thanks for opening up and sharing, that’s a big step.

  7. Great article! A few years ago I came to the conclusion that to get to the place I wanted to be in life, I’d have to cut out certain people and situations from my life that weren’t helpful for me. Life is short and I’m not willing to waste time on negative people and/or situations that aren’t productive for me anymore!

  8. Madi Rowan says:

    I love everything about this post! So important for women! It is one of my goals to learn how to say no more when the situation doesn’t suit me. I always feel like I will upset someone, but that is something I have to learn to move past!

  9. Thank you Davilyn, I appreciate your comment! Sharing personal struggles and how we overcame them are how we plan to connect with others and build our Strive community. It’s easy for experts to say what is supposed to work but unless you go through it yourself, e.g. depression, you may not understand fully. Even then, it might not work for everyone as each person is different. Either way, the point is to use these experiences to spark conversations and hopefully connection! Glad to see you enjoyed this post 🙂

  10. I’m glad to hear about your experience! It is a tough decision, especially when they’re close to you, have history, and they really never truly wronged you. That said, if people, things, or opportunities does add value to your life, they are holding a place for someone/thing that can. Thank you for sharing your experience

  11. Thank you for sharing Madi, this is something I continue to struggle with. Fortunately, I am able to say “no” to more people, situations, and opportunities but it’s a continuous learning process! If it helps you, please join our online community: We look forward to learning more about you and how we can support!

  12. Yes! Absolutely agree! What are some things you learned to say “no” to?

  13. Thank you so much Rachael for your kind words. What was your biggest takeaway and what would you like to add to the list?

  14. Thank you Yolanda for your kind words. We aim to share our struggles and experiences in the hopes to connect with others and help them through their experience. Simply having a conversation about it so helpful and we’re building a community to help you with that! If you’re interested, would love to have you join our Facebook group:

  15. Andie says:

    This is such a useful post! I say yes to far too many things just out of obligation and I need to stop!

  16. I completely agree! I think we spend tons of time doing things that provide no major value to us or that we don’t even enjoy in the first place. Great post and thanks for sharing this.

  17. Absolutely love this post and the video you shared. Personal development definitely does not happen overnight, but these changes are major. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Yes! You don’t have to say yes to everything anymore Andie. Put yourself first!
    What is one thing you can say “no” to TODAY that will help reclaim your time, energy, and money?

  19. Thank you for reading! What are some things you can say no to that will bring you closer to your goals Carissa?

  20. Agreed! How do you think this new mindset has helped you?

  21. Thank you Erik for your thoughts! That’s exactly what Sarah Knight talks about in her TedTalk. What were some things you had to remove from your life in order to better enjoy yourself?

  22. Thank you so much for your kind words! I agree. It takes a long time. But once you make the decision to improve, something inside clicks. Have you ever experienced that? If so, what did you decide on?

  23. Yes, saying no is so important and by not saying it when we should we can end up making ourselves miserable and that’s not good for anybody. I had a big messy situation in my life that I finally said no to last year and made some huge life changes and now everyone is better off for it.

  24. Hi Alison, thank you for your comment. I’m so happy for you to hear you took the steps to better your situation and make the decision that can benefit everyone. If you ever want to share your experience, we would love to learn from it. You’re more than welcome to contribute to Strive ( or share your experience with our online community at Many thanks!

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