I’ve talked about this a little bit before in Lesson #92, but I’m going to do it again. (Because obviously I haven’t learned my lesson, hehe)
Sometimes you just have to be firm.
I know, I know. Just the sound of the word just makes you want to cringe, right? It’s like it carries this weight, this serious tone. It’s the party pooper of verbs. Or adjectives.
Poor word. However you use it, it’s a lose/lose.
It’s the elephant in the room.
Or the sentence.
But really, it has just got to be a part of our lives if we ever want to get things done, and stay happy while doing it.
Be firm, unapologetically.
Ask up front. Ask for specifics. Say you can’t. Say you can, but draw boundaries.
Being firm doesn’t equate to being mean. You can still defer with kind words.
Your time here is precious. If not wanting to waste it on something you are unsure of or uninterested in is seen as rude, or mean, or tough—then so be it. Guard your time with your life. Because it’s the only the time you have.