The Power Of No

Kids may hear 'no' way too much, but we say it too little for ourselves. Most moms today feel overstressed and overwhelmed. Maybe it's because we don't want to miss out or maybe because we don't want to disappoint, but we just don't say no enough. We wind up over committed and stretched too thin. Do more. Do more. Do more. Until we are in a total state of madness. When you say 'yes' to something, you are in effect saying no to something else because the hours of your week were probably already full.

Before you agree to yet another commitment, stop and consider...How does the cost of the opportunity compare with its potential benefits? We make trade offs in life. I knowingly have traded time with friends for time with family and business. I carve out some time for my girlfriends but I say no far more than I say yes. I feel bad to let them down but I know that my over committing does me no good. I realize the commitment to my kids and my business at this particular stage of my life. That trade off might not be right for you. I'm just wanting you to realize that a little no in your life may bring you a lot of peace.

In Greg McKeown's book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less, he shares a mindset of focusing on what is truly essential in your life. It's about getting the right things done and only doing what truly matters. It's about doing less, but better, in our lives. I think it's about time that you start saying YES to what's essential and say NO to the noise.

“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.” Gregg McKeown

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