Saying Yes Requires Saying No First

Say No to Say Yes

Have you ever wanted to say yes to a request, but couldn’t because of your current obligations?

You wanted to say yes. But, you were already overbooked.

Frustratingly, when you examine the items you are bogged down with, they are less important that the one you want to say yes to.

To prevent this situation, you have to say no before you can say yes.

Say No to Say Yes

I recently ran across a great quote by Seth Godin.

“No is the foundation that we can build our yes on.” – Seth Godin

By saying no, you are giving yourself the ability and bandwidth to say yes to the things that are more important.

Saying no can be a difficult task. In fact, it is a skill that must be learned and practiced regularly.

You must have the ability to say no … to yourself… to other people… and even to tasks and distractions.

No Before Yes

No one can do it all, and you can’t say yes to everything that comes your way.

You have to say no before you can say yes. (Tweet Quote)

Make sure you say no where appropriate, so that you can say yes when you want and need to.

Question: What do you need to say no to… in order to say yes to something more important? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

4 thoughts on “Saying Yes Requires Saying No First

  1. Thanks for this, Craig! This is one of those concepts that I know, but struggle to put into practice. A reminder is frequently needed.

  2. One way to look at this is that you are the steward of the 24 hours that you are given each day. How can you utilize each one of those hours most effectively? The answer is to say no to anything that not one of your most important priorities. Thanks for sharing Craig.

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