Do You Have What It Takes To Say No?

what it takes to say no
what it takes to say no

You have one task for today. That task: do whatever it takes to set yourself up for success tomorrow. Every day you must repeat this process is you do in fact want to become more successful in your life.

There are going to be people who are going to want to steal your time, daily tasks that are going to cloud your thought space, and work that you feel you need to get done.

When this happens, you have a choice to make. You can either say no to any and all of the different distractions that try to pull you in all which directions imaginable, or you can give in to these distractions knowing all too well that by doing so, you are only prolonging your own success.

So, are you going to allow your distractions to control your life, or do you have what it takes to say no to these distractions and start making yourself your own number one priority?

What It Takes To Say No

First of all, there are going to be some who tell you to say no to everybody and everything in life like it’s an easy task. If it was easy to say no to all of our distractions, then we would all be far more successful than we are currently.

But that’s just not how humans are wired. It is our natural tendency to be people pleasers. Often times, we are willing to give up whatever it is that we are doing to be of assistance to others. We love and strive for the feeling of being needed, and we are willing to give up a lot of things in life in order to feel this way, including our own success.

One way to look at it, though, is to fully understand what you are giving up when you allow your distractions to consume your thoughts. Gary Keller says, “When you say yes to something, it’s imperative that you understand what you’re saying no to.”

What he means by this is that every time you say yes to a distraction, you are only saying no to yourself. You are taking the time in which you could have been focusing on yourself and on accomplishing your goals, and instead, you are giving that time to things that don’t necessarily benefit you. You are saying no to your own happiness, to your own sanity, and to your own success. All of this at the expense of trying to please everybody else by saying yes.

Make Yourself Your Number One Priority

When you try to please everybody else, the one person that you will never be able to please is yourself.

There is nothing wrong with helping others or going out of your way to do so. In fact, I would highly recommend that we all do this more than we do. But not at the cost of sabotaging our own individual happiness and success.

There are going to be some who disagree with me, and I respect that. We owe it to ourselves, though, to make the most out of the one life that we will ever get to live, which is why we need to make ourselves our own number one priority.

Aside from that, you can’t give what you don’t have. If you aren’t happy, how can you expect to help others find happiness? If you do not strive to be as successful as you can possibly be, how do you expect to help others become successful? If you don’t love the very life that you are living and don’t make the most of it, how can you expect to help others find all of the good in life?

Think about how much better you could be, how much good you could do, and how much more you could achieve if you started to make yourself your number one priority. If you allow your thoughts and the wants of others to distract you, then you are not going to be very effective in becoming the very best that you can be.

You Have So Much Potential To Achieve Greatness

Saying no is one of the only ways to ensure that you will reach your true potential. Once you reach this potential, then you will not only be able to live the life that you desire to live, but you will also be able to help others to improve their life as well.

So, do you have what it takes to say no and start making yourself your own number one priority? Prove it. Set aside uninterrupted time for yourself, and say no to any distraction that comes your way. Watch how much more you will achieve and how much more successful you will become.

Michael Bonnell



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