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May 11, 2005



Instead of an immediate "No", which can be difficult (as you've noticed), try a "Let me think about and get back to you" or "Let me check my calendar and see if I'll have time". Sometimes just giving yourself a day or two to respond helps with building up the "no" within you. A firmly stated, "I'm going to have to pass this year" seems as effective as "No" and sounds convincing. It's amazing that while we can be moved to offer an explanation for why we can't help out, rarely will anyone ask you why you can't do it.

That said, I need to go do a project I promised to have done for Saturday. Of course, no one asked me to do it. I simply volunteered to do something extra and unnecessary. I don't know why.

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