I recently had a conversation with a retired friend who was struggling with whether or not to sign on for another year of volunteer work. Although she felt somewhat fulfilled by her contribution, the effort and commitment required were major drains on her energy, leaving her with minimal time for her regular daily tasks and practically no time for doing all those wonderful things she had envisioned doing upon retirement.
I thought to myself, if she is agonizing over whether or not to do this, then maybe she shouldn't be doing it all.
There's a simple saying in binary decision making. "If it's not a hell yeah, it's a no."
Think of all the things we say yes to on a daily basis. Many of them we don't really want to commit to, but we say yes because we fear that we'll let someone down. We often overwork ourselves or get off track to please other people.
Think about all the things you say yes to and ask yourself, when you say yes to these things, do you have a positive reaction? Do you think, "hell yeah!" when you agree to do these things?
With limited time on this earth, why spend a large chunk of it doing things that drain us rather than doing those things that enhance our lives or our businesses?
Try applying the "hell yeah" rule to everything you make decisions about. Anytime you're making a decision about something that affects your time and energy, ask yourself, is this a hell yeah? If you hesitate, aren't sure or simply don't feel connected to it, your answer is allowed to be no.
On a business level, learning to say no gracefully helps prioritize time and increase productivity. On a personal level, putting more energy into your own positivity helps promote happiness and health.
Are you worth it? Hell yeah!!!