21 STEPS TO CREATIVITY #11
Why is it so hard to say no for most of us? Are we too nice? Are we afraid of being judged? Are we going to miss an opportunity? Burn bridges?
It is always important to keep your long term goal in mind. The most important thing you do is to keep your long term goal front and center! Every time you say YES to something that doesn’t contribute to your long term goal,you are saying NO to something you could be doing during that time to accomplish your goal.
Listen to you gut. If it doesn’t seem right, say NO. “NO” is a complete sentence.
There are ways to say no. Maybe you are just too busy right now. Say you will think about it and get back – buy some time if you need to think about it. Just don’t over explain, be concise and move on.
So, when I say “NO” to projects and events that don’t work for my long term goals, what could I be doing?
I could be cooking up a healthy meal (in one of my cute vintage aprons)
Painting, I can always be painting
Journaling or just getting my thoughts down on paper
Spending some time at the piano or with my ukulele
I could be clearing my mind and meditating
I could go outside
Just do what feels right for you. Learn to say no.
What would you be doing if you said NO more often?