According to the table at the end of this blog*, if I count up 9 “Yesses” I should “Ask and Dont take No for an answer”. If I only count 1 Yes, then I should not ask, and not even hint at it. The same logic applies to the “Saying No” side:
- Capability: Do I have what the person wants? (Do I have a car to give the person the ride?) If NO, count 1 toward saying NO. If yes, move to the next one, we are counting “No”s on this side.
- Timeliness: Is it a bad time for me to say No? (ex. my Mom asks me to clean up and I just got in trouble for sneaking out. Bad time…). If no, count it.
- Homework: Is the request clear? Do I fully understand what is being asked of me? If NOT you count this as a “No”
- Authority: Is the person an authority over me like their teacher, parent, boss, etc? If NOT, count another “No”
- Rights: Does saying “No” violate the person’s rights or go against my morals? (ex. I believe in offering emotional support to friends in need, so saying no to this person’s request to talk is against my values)….Count a No if this is NOT the case.
- Relationship: Is the request appropriate to our current relationship? (ex. it’s not appropriate for my boss to ask me out on a date). If it’s NOT appropriate, count another “No”
- Reciprocity: Does the person give me a lot? Do I owe the person? If you don’t owe a favor, count another “No”
- Goals: Does saying “No” interfere with a long term goal of mine? (ex. If I say No, I would be standing up for myself and putting myself first, so this is a “No”).
- Respect: Does my wise mind (my gut instinct) say “Yes, do this for the person?” If NO than we count this last “No”According to the table at the end of this blog*, if I count up 9 “No’s” I should “NOT DO IT”. If I only count 1 No, then I should Do what the other person wants or needs without even being asked. Keep in mind that we have to use good judgement and our wise mind as well as this table. For example, if I ask someone out on a date, and I have a score of “9” that says that I should ask, I cannot insist that the person go out with me and force them to do it! But, if we use this table in a wise mind way, it’s super helpful for allowing us to make a solid choice. Also, a senior group member brought up a great point about the details in the table, noting that it is passive aggressive to hint indirectly about something we want. I completely agree, but we can do this in a respectful way, so as not to come on too strong, as long as we are mindful about what we are doing and why. If we really want to avoid this, that is great too, so we can skip a couple of rows and pick what fits us best.
|Don’t ask, Don’t Hint||1||Do what the other person wants without being asked|
|Hint indirectly, take no||2||Don’t complain, do it cheerfully|
|Hint openly, take no||3||Do it even if you’re not cheerful about it|
|Ask tentatively, take no||4||Do it, but show that you’d rather not|
|Ask gracefully, take no||5||Say youd rather not, but do it gracefully|
|Ask confidently, take no||6||Say no confidently but reconsider|
|Ask firmly, resist no||7||Say no firmly, resist saying yes|
|Ask firmly, insist, negotiate, keep trying||8||Say no firmly, resist, negotiate, keep trying|
|Ask and don’t take no for an answer||9||Don’t do it|
*Table modified a bit to make it more simple to understand and teach. Those who want a deeper discussion of the original table can contact me for more information.