Typical story of an entrepreneur using “NO”:

After an interaction with me you have committed yourself to a new GOAL. From that commitment you stack on new empowering activities to move you towards your new destiny and something happens: you start to feel overwhelmed. So, in that moment you take my advice and start to use one of the most powerful words in our language: “NO.”

This is where it gets tricky and people make mistakes because the old you, meaning your old habits, suck you back towards apathy.

So let’s stop and look at the action you want to say no to. Unfortunately, people typically say “NO” to the NEW activity moving them towards their goal, thinking that their old mundane activities or habits are sacred and should not be adjusted. BUT that means you are not committed to your commitment. You are letting the use of the word “NO” help you procrastinate and avoid doing what should be done to reach your goal. Let me tell you something you already know, the world does not honor the commitments you personally will not stay committed to! Especially when you unknowingly want to avoid pain or change through the inappropriate use of “NO.”

So what does that mean? You most likely should say “NO” to the thing that falls lower on your priority list. Saying “NO” effectively will allow you to focus on the more important issues, which will result in you getting more done because you are doing less as a result of saying “NO.” Say “NO” to the superfluous activities and say “NO” to the activity that takes you further away from your single most important objective.

If you are trying to justify your decision by saying, “Yeah but Ted I am only one person,” I assume you have yet to get clear on your most important objective and what you really want. You have yet to get COMMITTED to what you deem as the single most important outcome. Once there you’ll say “YES” to what moves you forward and “NO” to the things that have been holding you back. If you are still saying, “Yeah Ted, but I just don’t have the time, money, resources etc…” you most likely still need to look at what you could say “NO” to. Here are some things to consider saying “NO” to: unhealthy relationships, television time, unhealthy foods, non productive thoughts, bad habits, redundant meetings, non-profit boosting expenses and anything that does not serve you, others, and the greater good.

2 the point recap:
Powerful idea: Appropriately use the word “NO”
Efficient deployment: Say “NO” to the “bad” and replace that time to do “good”
Distinction: Prioritization creates clarity for what to say “NO” to

You’ll be surprised how much life will say “YES” to you when you start saying “NO.”

To greater success,

P.S. If you are not sure if you are saying “NO” for the right reasons then contact us for a 7 Minute Breakthrough, where I commit to helping you understand how to get your business to where you really want it to be and all within 7 minutes.