Inspiration Monday – Saying ‘No’

This week is a slightly different Inspiration Monday post to normal, but I still hope it will really help you have a brilliant week.

My Dad is a business/life mentor professionally and his teachings about Saying No always come to mind when I’m in a tricky situation so I thought I’d pass a little bit on.

Most importantly: When you say ‘yes’ to something, you are saying ‘no’ everything else in the world

So if you agree to go stay late at work or go to a party with people you don’t like you are saying no to:

  • Going to the gym
  • Seeing your parents
  • Finding a bargain in a charity shop!
  • Watching your favourite TV show
  • Volunteering with the homeless
  • Calling a friend you miss and have lost touch with
  • Booking a holiday
  • Getting enough sleep
  • LITERALLY EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF, and things you can’t!

Therefore, in my family we try to have a ‘no rubbish policy’ where you don’t do anything that you don’t want to do! Now, this may sound really selfish, but most of the time staying late at work doesn’t actually benefit anyone long term; it just makes you less happy and therefore produce less quality work and probably quit. Or going to a party you don’t want to go to probably won’t make the party any different (are you really that incredibly special that they won’t enjoy themselves without you?). Plus of course, we do want to do unselfish things like volunteer for charities, or help out friends who really need it, and you can only fit those things in if you turn down things that you don’t want to do.

So, next time you are considering going to something out of duty or guilt, or even arrogance that they need/want you there, think again…. if you can claw back just one hour a week of your time then that’s 50 hours a year which is more than a whole working week. Think what you could achieve with a whole empty week!

Go on….. I dare you!

 

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