The Fear of Saying ‘No’

For years, when anyone asked me for a favour, I found it difficult to say no. Scratch that, I found it impossible to say no.

Can you help me move some things on Sunday? Yes. Can we move the meeting from 3 pm to 5 pm? Yes. Can you come to my place for the weekend? Yes.

For years, this was how I operated. I was the ‘yes ma’am!’ (the exclamation mark is intentional. I was a people pleaser). I had…