Wednesday, November 12, 2008

learn to say "no"


Success in life requires a short "Yes" list, and a long "No" list. - Gary Ryan Blair ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Whenever I coach time management clients, one of the first things I tell them is this:
You are ALWAYS saying no to something when you say yes to something else.

For example...

  • if you say yes to volunteering on 3 committees, you're saying no to one or all of the following: your family, your self-care, your exercise time, your household...
  • if you say yes to that beautiful new pair of shoes you really can't afford, you're saying no to your debt-reduction plan - ouch!

It's such a small word but is often so hard to say.

Why should you say no?

1. it helps you set firm boundaries
2. it helps you honor your values
3. it makes you more productive
4. it reduces your stress
5. it frees you to serve where you're called to with joy

This week, I'm challenging you to SLOW DOWN and think carefully before you say yes to anything.

In fact, why don't you start saying, "let me get back to you on that" so you think clearly about the situation before committing yourself.


For more time management ideas, visit my website: www.andreadekker.com

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