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Put Down That Cape!

It is time that someone lets you know: There is no need to be a superhero!

super businessmanYes, it is time to lay down your cape!

What does that mean? It frees you up from doing it all!

You don’t need to be everything to everyone. Seriously, 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 your quality of work.

5 Simple Tips on Saying “No”

1. Practice saying the word, “no”. Okay, so 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 30 days? Is this new project in alignment with your longer-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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