When we think of highly successful individuals, we generally think of all the things they do. This may include building great companies, creating incredible products and closing impressive deals.
But the simple truth behind it is that along with every notable accomplishment comes a long list of things they didn’t do. That’s because mega-moguls know their time is valuable – they have no problem saying “no” on a consistent basis to keep their calendars empty.
Saying No becomes more difficult both because saying Yes has become a habit and because we tend to want to explain or justify saying No. Yes is easy — No, not so much. So it’s important to remember in those moments that “No” is a complete sentence. That said, it can be incredibly hard to for us to let it be a complete sentence.
Here are a few ways to say No, depending on how strong your No muscle is.
Use this rule if you’re often over-committed or too scattered.
If you’re not saying “HELL YEAH!” about something, say “no”.
Chase Jarvis has his own framework for evaluating a project. It is pretty straightforward but has proven very effective for his professional development and his career. Here’s his not-so-secret sauce: if it doesn’t have at least 2 of the following 3 components, my answer is “thanks, but no thanks”:
“Is meeting for this coffee worth more to you than doing the writing you want to do?
And while yes, I would love to meet you for coffee, and I’m overjoyed at the prospect of spending time with so many lovely people, I know that in order to get the projects done that I want to get done, I sometimes have to say no.”