“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” ~ John C. Maxwell
As entrepreneurs we are truly passionate about our business success. However, this same passion can lead us to take on so many different ventures or projects as they become available. This common practice, however, can sometimes be to the detriment of our sanity or even result in a temporary loss of focus on our own company’s vision. Learning to say “No” to some opportunities can become our lifeline to maintaining our peace of mind.
We are almost at the end of January and I imagine your calendar for 2013 is quickly filling up with commitments. However, are all those commitments aligned to your vision? Saying “Yes” to every opportunity doesn’t make it right! Contrary to your worldview, learning to say “No” is not a bad thing. It’s actually a way for you to ensure that you don’t over-commit yourself, and you’ll get a chance to say “Yes” to opportunities that actually merit your time.
Every hour of your day counts and it’s impossible to do everything yourself. Some requests, even though they are great just will not help you to meet your business goals. In order to stay focused you’ll need to say “No” more frequently and liberate yourself to embrace more success.If not, you’ll quickly become overwhelmed by all the commitments or you may waste your time because the opportunity may not be the right fit for your business growth. Here are my top 3 tips to help you decide if an opportunity is right for you:
Check if it Fits Your Vision
Having a clear understanding of your company’s vision will help you to determine if that new opportunity will move you closer to achieving your mission. If it’s just another “bright shiny object” then it’s best to say “No.”
Listen to Your Gut
It’s not good for you to bypass your instincts and just say “Yes” to an opportunity because it sounds exciting. Be confident and trust your own judgment. You’ll know when to say “Yes” or “No.” If it doesn’t feel “just right” it usually isn’t.
Change Your Mindset
You will need to change your mindset about saying “No.” Don’t spend forever wondering “what if I say no…” By not saying “Yes” to an opportunity you may feel like you will miss out, but that’s OK. It’s essential for you to remember that when you say “No” you will create space for you to embrace better opportunities for you to do more meaningful work that enhances your success and your peace of mind.
Before you say “Yes” to that next opportunity, ensure the commitment will move you closer to achieving your vision and mission.
How do you decide when to say “No?” I would love to read your comments.
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About the author
Genovia is an experienced and highly skilled administrative expert and owner of Genwil Business Solutions, LLC. She specializes in providing ongoing administrative support to Coaches who want to grow their business by finding more time to focus on other profitable activities such as engaging more clients and increasing their revenue, while enjoying their business success.