November 18, 2017

Newsflash: You Are Not a Superhero!

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    I really don’t want to be the one to burst your bubble, but someone has got to let you know: You are not a superhero!

    super businessmanThere, I said it. Now we can both breathe.

    In all seriousness, you really don’t need to do it all! You don’t need to be everything to everyone in your life and in your business. This mentality will quickly send you spiraling out of control to a place of frustration, resentment, and mediocrity.

    Regardless of whether or not you are a Type A personality that likes to have control over everything, or you just don’t like to say, “no”, finding a way to focus on what makes you shine and letting go of the rest will improve your quality of life and the quality of your work.

    5 Simple Tips on Saying “No”

    1. Practice saying the word, “no”. Seriously, you don’t really need to practice it, but realize it is okay to actually say it! The world will not end or stop rotating because you said no. You are always at choice–it is in your control.

    2. Look at your priorities. Before taking on a new challenge or project, be sure you do a check-in with your current priorities. What do you want to happen over the next 90 days? Is this new project in alignment with your long-term goals?

    3. Notice your reaction. If you are presented with a new project or option, and if your response is not a ‘Heck Yes’ response, then table the option for the future. It is okay to say that ‘right now’ is not the ‘right time’.

    4. No need for long explanations.  There is no reason to give a long explanation on why you are saying no. You don’t need to provide a detailed response. Sometimes when you try to over explain, it actually makes you look less confident. Stand strong in your NO – period.

    5. Provide alternatives. If you really struggle with saying no, it is okay to provide alternatives instead. For example, if someone is interested in working on a project or joint venture with you and it is not an option for you, provide other leads or suggestions as a courtesy.

    The funny thing is, the more you are able to say ‘no’ the more you look like the superhero! You are able to stand out and shine in what you are great at doing. You are in total alignment with your work and your strengths. Really! Don’t believe me? Give it a try.

    Go ahead, what are you going to say no to this week? Share with us below.

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