Just say no:
One of our speakers was from the company Umbaugh, which is a financial firm that provides financial guidance to cities, towns, townships, counties, utilities, schools, and more. Along with providing guidance, a large percentage of their role is to resolve financial issues that community leaders face, which in return, will improve the quality of life in the communities.
Kathy Cruz’s message was all about saying no. Cruz is the recruiting manager at Umbaugh.
Many students become stressed simply because they are taking on too much in their daily life. Some people simply say “yes” to things they do not want to do or have the time to do, so that they are not letting other people down.
With the Just Say No message, our members listened to Kathy tell us advice about not overextending ourselves in our work, school, or social lives:
- Saying “no” to others often means saying “yes” to yourself.
- Saying “no” means you are taking control of your life.
- Saying “no” gives you time to pursue other interests & try new things.
- Saying “no” allows you to set your own priorities and boundaries.
I completely understand! Saying “no” seems like an awful thing to do. But, as students, employees, and people, we shouldn’t be agreeing to requests by others simply out of guilt or obligation. Many of us will soon become burnt out or get the feeling that we are being taken advantage of.
Kathy reminded our members that being overloaded is individual. Do NOT compare yourself to what others are doing. Focus on what matters, take your time before committing to something you are unsure about, and if you decline, look at it as a tradeoff and NOT a missed opportunity.