When You Say NO, What Are You Saying YES To?

/ September 9, 2012/ Parenting, Resources, Strategies

Here’s a sneak peek at one of our tips from the upcoming book, 365+1 Ways to Succeed With ADHD: A Whole New Year’s Worth of Valuable Tips and Strategies From the World’s Best ADHD Coaches and Experts:

There will be a book launch party with extra “goodies” from the contributors for those who buy the book from on October 11, 2012. Stay tuned!

People with ADHD can find themselves saying, “yes” before they have taken the time to consider the consequences. Because time is a finite resource, for every “yes” that we offer, we are naturally saying “no” to something else. “Yes, I’ll be on the committee” means “no” to some family time; “yes” to the project means “no” to a different activity that has more potential or is more interesting. To break the habit of automatically saying “yes,” pause between someone’s request and your response so that you have time to think it through. You might say, “Hmm, interesting idea. I’ll get back to you on that.” Although it’s nice to be agreeable and to be considered a team player, sometimes “no” is the best response. When you say “no,” you are giving yourself the opportunity – and the permission – to say “yes” to something that is more important to you.


  1. Congratulations on your book!
    I am a co facilitator of the Santa Rosa CHADD
    support group. I would like to buy a copy ASAP.
    Please let me know where/how I can buy one.
    Thank you!

  2. Thanks, Colleen. You’re in luck as the book starts selling today (October 11th). If you buy from this link, you’ll get all sorts of extra goodies with your purchase: http://theadhdawarenessbookproject.com/3651-order-page.

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