Not setting boundaries (not saying NO) leads to a number of benefits in the short term. After all, if you say yes, you do not, for example, suffer from feelings of guilt or fear that someone will blame you.

Not setting boundaries leads to overload (disadvantages) in the long term:

  • You get exhausted.
  • You always reward people with a ‘yes’ when they ask you something, which increases the chance that they will do this (more) often. More and more people will also appeal to you.

Always saying yes, when it does not actually fit you is a risk factor for burnout.

Not setting boundaries also contributes to the dysfunction of the organization (disadvantages):

  • You may allow others to misrepresent their responsibility, as a result of which they will no longer do their duties themselves.
  • You may end up with a burnout in the long run.

In the following screens we help you to learn to say NO effectively.