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Leadership Tips: Say “No” More

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When you look at your life – at home and at work – what is one thing you do that makes your heart sing? Is it learning to speak a new language? Spending quality time with your partner? Volunteering? Reading more books?

It is your job to make time for that thing. No one else will. You can point and say that you are too busy at work, or the kids take that time, or you are too tired. And no one is going to prioritize your time for you except you. It isn’t an easy task to make the time for what is most important.

When I think about this internal challenge, I always think of what Iain Thomas said:

And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, 'This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!'

"And each day, it's up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, "No. This is what's important.'"

- Iain Thomas

So I ask: What do you need to yank your hand back from? This week’s tip is to say “no” to what gets in your way.

As Seth Godin said recently in his blog, “The short run always seems urgent, and a moment where compromise feels appropriate. But in the long run, it's the good 'no's that we remember.”

So, what are you going to say no to this week?


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