One teeny tiny two-letter word has the potential power to change your entire life in a potent, positive way. Interestingly, the two letters sit beside each other in the alphabet. N and O = NO. Here are 10 important reasons to learn to use the word “NO.” 1. Learning to say no simplifies your life, frees you from anxiety, and keeps you from feeling overwhelmed. 2. Learning to say no will help you be proud of the the fact that you are willing to take care of yourself. 3. To learn the art of saying no means you don’t have to lie, make excuses, or try to explain yourself. You simply learn to graciously decline. 4. Learning to say no demonstrates to others that you respect yourself and that you have firm boundaries. 5. When you say no, take note when others get upset or angry with your boundaries. You have discovered how little respect they have for you. 6. If you really want to say no, don’t say maybe, and definitely don’t say yes. 7. Keep reminding yourself that the word no, when used wisely, is not a negative word. It’s positive. 8. Resist feeling guilty when you say no. You have done nothing wrong. In fact, you have done something right for yourself. 9. Realize you can be a kind person with a good heart and still say no. 10. Keep saying no to all the things that keep you from reaching your dreams.