Learning To Say No In Business

Learn To Say No In Business

I've heard time and time again from other women in small business that they want to do everything and help everyone; much like them, I, too, am a self-proclaimed people-pleaser. I would accept every task or opportunity without thought for how it would affect me (especially, health-wise!), my business, family, or relationships.

Using the word 'yes' all the time is an easy path towards burnout.

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I want to give you a few things to think about when you say yes to something instead of no:

1. Does what you said yes to serve your family? Is it worth it to be away from your family, friends, or things that bring you joy?

2. Saying yes to something means saying no the something else. Sometimes the opportunity cost is greater than the immediate opportunity directly in front of us. Perhaps we miss out on a better opportunity that would ultimately serve our lives and our businesses better.

3. Is this yes going to bring you added stress? Can you take on this task or opportunity? Do you really want to add to an already full plate?

4. Is there a financial win? If not, are there numerous other benefits that you can truly measure which will aid in saying yes?

Think about your answers. Are you starting to realize that you've said yes way too often? 

I highly recommend adding 'No' to your vocabulary; it deserves a place in your life. 
Joanne Maye
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Just because you say no, it doesn't mean you can't continue to serve and love on others; it means that you are taking care of the time you do have for them to serve and love them well. 

Of course, when saying no, there are a few key tidbits to know:

1. You don't have to offer an explanation. 

2. Be firm. Sometimes people will try to sway you, but ultimately, you have to stand by your decision.

3. Shake off 'FOMO.' The fear of missing out get even the best of us; sometimes we need to miss out to further prioritize our lives for what we value most. If we take the time to design our lives, even better opportunities will present themselves.

4. You are setting boundaries. Some people may get upset with you, and that's okay. The people that don't respect your time probably aren't people you want to surround yourself with.

5. Be honest. Let someone know that they are important, but that you need to take time for yourself, maybe you need to schedule your meeting out a couple weeks, or perhaps you need to reschedule all together, because you've bitten off more than you can chew. Always, be honest, courteous, and respectful of other people's time and they will do the same for you.

And with all that being said, are you saying no in your business? Is this something you need to work on? What is holding you back from using the word no?