It’s OK To Say No
Have you ever been asked for money? If not, then you are one of the few people who have not had this ‘pleasure’. Family, friends, associates, and even enemies ask for money. And to make it worse, they keep asking and you keep giving. Even if you don’t have it to spare. I believe it is human nature to keep asking until you are told no. The problem is that it’s hard for many to say no. You enjoy giving. It feels good to give. It feels good to help others. Even if you are struggling financially.
What should you do when your generosity turns into financial struggle? You can start saying “No”. It might be hard to say no but it’s ok to say no. If it is ok to say no, why is it so hard for so many to say no? You might feel like saying no isn’t nice. Also, you might feel like the person asking has no other options. I know that it can be hard to say no but there are some options for you. You can say, “It’s not in my budget”, “I don’t have any extra money”, or “I’m not able to spare anything right now, but I can show you how to budget”. See if they take you up on the last one.
Saying no does not make you a bad person. It does not make you selfish either. You might actually be helping the person asking by saying no. If not, you will be helping yourself. If you have the money to spare and you can still achieve your goals, and you want to give it then go ahead and give it. Otherwise, there are plenty of ways to say no. In most, if not all instances, the requestor will be just fine and so will you. In fact, they probably have others sources to get the money. They just will not be getting it from you. Remember, it is your money to give and not theirs to take. Just say no. It’s OK. All the best.
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