"No" is not always a negative. It can be a positive when it means giving yourself time to find balance and be more productive and creative. So learn to say "Yes" to the word "No" when it make sense.
Knowing how to prioritize and being sincere when you do need to cancel or postpone can be freeing. After all, we're human. Every person can understand feeling over-extended or stressed. By being honest, you may also be helping the next person to do the same.
In every successful small business owners life there comes a point when they need to decide if they want to expand and turn their small business into a mid size business or if they want to stay a small business. When I had to make that decision, I decided to let go instead.
My advice to you is this: Don't wait until you reach your breaking point or there is a catastrophic event to start making bold choices about our life and the way you work. This is your work. This is your time.
Achieving something is a practice, just as meditation, writing every day, working out, eating healthy, etc. are practices as well. Time needs to be allotted to it. As I continued to ponder, I came up with three ways to stay committed to a goal.
As an entrepreneur, knowing when to say "yes" and when to say "no" is crucial. It's the difference between a business that limps along -- or even fails -- and one that goes from strength to strength.
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When we stop "doing" for a little while, we disengage from our ego-driven, habitual ways of doing things. When we take some time to let go of our constant striving, we see the ego objectively and it loses a bit of its power to control us.
Priorities are your life. They are your current circumstances. They are not something to be poked with a stick from afar but something to be faced head on and strategically. Prioritizing is the engine that propels you to your goals. So how can you make your next move your best move?
Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the work that you've got to do? There seems to be a million different things that need to be done. We feel overwhelmed and out of control because we don't know where to start. Should I start with project A? What about project B and C that need to be done as well?
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