Here’s an interesting challenge for you…say no to something this week.
So often on social media quotes, motivational Youtube videos, everything success related on the internet – it’s all about grabbing every opportunity life throws at you. Whilst I truly agree that if you are pursuing a certain path, you should absolutely give it 100% effort, commitment and determination – don’t become a ‘yes man’.
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received from mentors? Take time to reflect and never make a final decision in the moment.
Whenever I receive any opportunity – an email, an invite, a brand that wants to work with me, a new client, a friend needing a favour, whatever it is. I always take a step back and think about my decision before I reply. It has saved me so many times from feeling resentful towards someone because I felt forced into something, or like I was guilt tripped into it.
It’s lead me away from clients who weren’t a right fit for me, and towards the clients who I can truly serve with my work. It’s allowed me more space in my diary for self care, because it’s not completely overbooked with no time off. It’s meant I can spend my time wisely – with my loved ones, looking after my health, pursuing my goals. Doing the things that really matter to me and the people I care about, because I’ve not put other’s needs above my own.
Whilst it can be really challenging in the moment to say a polite “no thanks”, sometimes it really is the right decision for you. So I challenge you this week to say no to something…
A social invite that you really don’t fancy because you’d rather spend the night in.
A work opportunity that doesn’t align with your goals.
Maybe it’s a huge decision that you feel pressured to say yes to by others, but you know in your heart that it’s not meant for you.
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