“Can you ever separate doing good from the expectation of reciprocity, public acclaim, self-esteem, or the promise of paradise?”

— Robert M. Sapolsky, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

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Icebreaker

And not just projects, but what other things do we struggle to say no to?

What kinds of things are we expected never to say no to and why are we expected to be so accommodating?

What kinds of reactions do we imagine we’ll receive if we were to say no and if you have ever tried what actually happened when you did and how did you feel after?

Have you ever reacted negatively when someone said no to something you asked of them, and why?

How can we learn not just how to protect our own time and our boundaries but to allow others to protect their’s as well?