You may have heard that saying "yes" to more things will move you forward by giving you more life experiences.
You may have also heard that saying "yes" to more experiences will help you to meet new people, and therefore, network more effectively.
But you may not have heard that saying "no" to most things will get you farther ahead than saying "yes" ever will.
It's true, and successful people know this. It's a foundational principle of being successful; you have to say "no" more than you say "yes."
Many people say 'yes' a lot more often than they should. Most of those 'yeses' come in the forms of commitments they really don't want to make, things they think they "have to" or "should" do, worries about "what will people think" or consistently putting someone else before themselves.
Every time you say 'yes' to something, you need to understand that you may have just "no" to something else. It's not until you really start saying 'no' more that you realize how powerful the right "yeses" can be!
Here is a starter list of things you can begin saying "NO!" to that will make you more productive, more efficient, more effective, more happy and more successful.
- toxic people
- hitting the snooze alarm
- chasing people
- putting everyone else's needs before your own
- negative self-talk
- getting lost in social media
- having no routine
- comparing yourself to others
- comparing apples to oranges
- eating crappy food a lot
- having no work-life balance
- bad clients
- bad bosses
- bad companies/work culture/work environment
- people who are "takers"
- people who suck the energy right out of your body
- people who suck the IQ points right out of your brain
- listening to others complain
- notifications on your phone/distractions
The take-away here is that "NO" is a complete sentence. Use it more often with yourself, and use it more often with others.
When you get clear and honest about what you will continue to tolerate (from both yourself and others), knowing whether to say 'yes' or 'no' becomes clear and easy.
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