Say No to Wrong

The Power of No by James AltucherI don’t know about you, but I get a lot of temptations to say yes to what’s wrong for me.

  • Emails from people who think I can help them
  • Emails from people who think they can help me
  • Marketing which creates desire for something I never knew I wanted or needed
  • Temptations to spend money on all the wrong things
  • Opportunities to waste time and energy on thankless draining tasks and people

I find this all much harder now in 2014 than ever before. It didn’t happen much when I was an accountant but it happens much more often now that I am a coach. Of course, the internet is much more prevalent than it was then and my inbox is stuffed full of opportunities every day. Despite being a ruthless unsubscriber and deleter, the larger and harder task is to notice what’s right for me and what’s wrong, and say no to wrong.

I can’t help everyone in the world to achieve their business goals. Some clients are just wrong for me. Of course, I don’t always know that at the outset. And if you are reading this and you are a current client, please be assured that this does not apply to you. If we are working together, you are right.

But the wrong temptation emails are a regular occurrence and I am grateful for them as they give me a chance to practice my no. I’ve never been very good at no. I’m a good girl. A nice girl. I was brought up to be mostly compliant (I haven’t been, but that’s another story) and it pains me to say no to people and to turn them away in need.

Learning to say now to what’s wrong makes room for what’s right. If often takes courage and lots and lots of trust, but you know in your gut it’s the right thing to do, don’t you? So do I.

Here’s how I measure it… if my heart sinks as an immediate response, it’s wrong. And if I catch that first before my nice girl kicks in and before I start rationalising with my oh-so-logical brains as to how I could make it right, bend it to fit, and if I stand firm in the truth to myself, then I can say no. I don’t like it but I can do it.

If you need to say no to more of what’s wrong in order to be available to what’s right, this book might help: The Power of No – Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance and Happiness by James Altucher.

Say no more.

Say no more.

Say no more.

Be very discriminating about and yet abundant with your Yes. When it’s right, it’s easy.

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