You want to change

You must change

You are committed to change

You are prepared to do whatever it takes



Healthy and truthful ways to say ‘No’

These alternatives effectively communicate that I have other priorities without apologizing or reducing my capacity.

They are assertive and respectful of my own time and commitments, while still acknowledging the other person’s interest and effort.


  1. I’d love to help, but I’m currently occupied with another task.
  1. Thank you for thinking of me, but my schedule is currently full.
  1. I appreciate your interest, but at this time, I have other priorities right now.
  1. While I would like to help with that, I have other commitments that require my attention first.
  1. I’m currently focusing on other projects, but I appreciate the opportunity.
  1. I appreciate you reaching out to me, but I’m not in a position to help with that at the moment.
  1. My attention is currently required elsewhere, but thank you for considering me.
  1. My current workload prevents me from assisting with that, but I appreciate your interest.
  1. While that is not on my priorities to address right now, I appreciate your consideration.
  1. My current priorities do not allow me to assist with that at this time, but thank you for thinking of me.