If you are saying “yes” to absolutely everything, you are constantly distracting yourself from what is important. As much as we want the ability to take on everything, it just is not possible, you are only human and it is important to understand this.
You may see that saying yes to everything is a spectacular thing, “it opens so many possibilities, why wouldn't I?”
“Saying yes to everything, opens new doors”
This is 100% true, however, when so many doors are open you don’t know which one to go through. The ability of saying no is not the most admirable trait, but is needed for your success. Now we am not saying you should be saying no to every opportunity which may arise, it is more about identifying what opportunities are worth distracting you from your goals.
Disregard the feeling of guilt, you do not owe anyone an explanation or excuse, you may feel like your reasons for saying no is not valid or “worthy”, so you may give in, but at the end, if you are going home regretting not saying no, you need to understand if you can’t or don’t want to do something, regardless of the reasoning, that’s your prerogative and that’s all the reason you need.
You may find yourself slowly niching or coming across a painful client, maybe in your early days it is work you need to take on to survive however once you become a established business, you can start becoming picky for the type of work you take on. You will know what you enjoy doing and what type of work brings in a good profit and this is something you need to replicate in order to get the lifestyle you want and to keep moving forward.
Saying no should not come across blunt or disrespectfully, it should be done politely and still demonstrates that you care.
Be honest and don't beat around the point, in return you can offer alternative solutions if possible.
“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say NO to almost everything.” - Warren Buffett
“No” might make them angry, but it will make you free.
Now to contradict everything that I have mentioned in this article, I want to discuss the importance of saying yes.
It is important to analyse an opportunity when it comes to you, is a distraction? or is it a real opportunity that would be foolish to miss? Sometimes, we can even see great opportunities and choose to say know, even if we are aware that they would bring something great. This is commonly known as “eustress” - which is essentially stress over something that would bring you good.
When your schedule is packed, your time proves itself to be limited, and therefore becomes your most valuable asset, it is important for you to understand the value of the things you spend your time on, whether this be business or personal.
It will not always be others you have to say no to, you may need to say no to yourself. This could be anything from skipping workouts to hitting the snooze button. Sometimes you even need to stand up to yourself to do the right thing.
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This article was written for Construction Insider by Saint Financial Group, a multidisciplinary group based in the UK that helps construction businesses develop and grow. SaintFG offers a range of quality solutions in supporting businesses.
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