Sometimes saying ‘no’ might just be what’s going to push you forward!
Whether in business or in personal life, you are going to find a plethora of opportunities coming your way and, maybe, the temptation is to say ‘yes’ to everything – after all, who knows when another such opportunity is going to come your way? But sometimes, by saying ‘yes’ too early, you might be getting yourself overwhelmed, or you might be tying up resources that you could put to better use elsewhere.
How can you tell when you should say no?
1. How will this use your time? There are only so many hours in a day, so when you are looking at an opportunity, you need to decide if this is something that will be worth your time. To figure that out, ask yourself what this opportunity will do for you. Will it grow your business somehow/will it help with your personal growth? Does it fill a current need? Will it enhance a skill set? Is it something enjoyable? All of these factors are important to take under consideration.
2. What is the required investment? What will this cost you? Is there a cost in materials or training that will be required? Is this a fair return on that expense?
3. Are there any red flags? For example, are you already over-committed and worrying about whether you have the time for more things?
4. How do you feel about it? Is this opportunity even realistic? Is this something that doesn’t even interest you?
5. Have you already done as much as you can in this direction? Be honest here. It might be this isn’t an opportunity at all, but just more of what you have been doing all along.
6. Will this impact YOU in a negative way? If you are already overworked, overtired, and stressed out, even something that’s a true opportunity might not be beneficial for you.
7. Have you talked this out with someone you trust? It might be a different perspective is all you need to determine when saying ‘no’ might be the better option.
Opportunities come along all the time. Focus on what’s important, and don’t allow yourself to become distracted by the things that don't benefit your personal/professional growth.