Just Say No. Yes You Can!

Wooden word I can not on blackboardAs I think about my year ahead, the concept of saying NO keeps coming back to me. I have a propensity to want to do lots of things, pretty much everything that comes my way!

I thought it was just me, but over the years I have discovered it’s a natural tendency for the majority of humans.

I vividly remember a colleague telling me that was the best management idea I had shared with him. That was almost 20 years ago, and I am still practicing. Warren Buffet helped me take this concept to the next level, he is purported to say, “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

KC_OverTheHump_Masthead 230x200In the past week I have consciously said no to a bunch of webinars, meetings with people, and several ideas for growing my business that upon further thought are not worth the time.

As I write this, I realize the key to implementing Mr. Buffet’s advice is to always have no be the first response–in my head, not out loud.  Then convince myself why something is worth doing, rather than the other way around.

What about you?  What are your techniques for keeping a manageable list of projects and actions?  Please share by commenting below.

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