Distractions and competing priorities not only sabotage your productivity, they also seriously hamper your ability to truly thrive in life.
Here are three “saying no” strategies I learned from Michael Hyatt that have helped me become more comfortable setting boundaries and protecting my most precious priorities:
Strategies for saying “no”
- Never say yes on the spot. When you are asked to do something, tell them you will need to think about it for at least 24 hours. This gives you time to truly evaluate the wisdom of adding something to your schedule.
- Don’t feel like you need to give a long list of excuses. If you evaluate the opportunity and your answer is no, simply respond with, “Thank you so much for thinking of me, but this won’t work for me at this time.” No further explanation is needed.
- Keep in mind you do not have to say yes just because you are capable. If you’re a leader, you are a very capable person. Here’s a simple question to ask yourself when considering getting involved in something: I’m capable, but will this pull precious time and energy away from my priorities right now? In other words, is this the main thing I’m made for… is it my passion?
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are.” ~ Steve Jobs
Learning how to focus and developing best practices around resource management will change your life for the better. I can help. I’ve done both over the years. I’m a certified professional life coach and I’d love to help you do the same.
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