Do you struggle to set boundaries and say NO?

I have.

Back in 2006, a boss asked me to come to work with food poisoning. I did it. For an entire day, I worked while being VERY sick. That wasn’t great leadership on her part, but I was also at fault. I should have said NO. But I didn’t.

I didn’t feel I could. I thought it would affect her opinion of me, or worse, my entire performance review. So, I sacrificed my own health (and what I knew, in my heart, was right).

Years later, when my grandmother died, I was asked my a boss, once again, to sacrifice what I knew was right. That time, I said “NO”, that I would not sacrifice important personal time with family.

At the end of the day, it’s up to US to set boundaries and say NO when we know better. We cannot always count on OTHERS to know what’s right for us. It’s up to US.

It can be hard to muster up the courage and conviction to stand up for ourselves. But, if we want to be happy and successful, we MUST.