I've been rambling lately about the need to say "No" more often. On my blog and on my YouTube channel last week, I suggested that it's not that you can't do your work because you are disorganized or unskilled, it is because likely, you like many other leaders, literally have too much to do.
This week, I am helping you learn how to actually say no more often. It's not easy, I know. I suspect though that you are maybe just a bit are like me. Perhaps you want to change the culture of organizations from that of overloaded and overwhelmed to one of mindfully doing our work well. If so, you need to say "No" more often.
How do you say "No" more often?
Get clear that you are ready to say no to some things. Go into conversations, meeting, and days with the intention of saying "No". If you go in wishy washy, thinking, "I'll see how it goes", you will end up with more work on your plate.
If instead you are intentional about saying "No", you will energetically be at that place. That is the best place to be to actually say it.
Know what it is you are saying "No" to
Get really clear. Know what it is you are saying "No" to. Are you saying "No" to sitting on the board or "No" to this meeting on this day? It is vital that you know in your own mind what you are saying "No" to so that you can not only feel it, but so that you can articulate it to others.
Practice, practice, practice
I can't state this enough. Practice, practice, practice. Just like a musician practices a song over and over before they play in front of a crowd, you will need to practice what your going to say and how you will say it before you get into the situation.
Getting ready to say "No" ahead of time will allow you to be more confident when it comes time to saying it and coming across clear and determined. It will also leave you with a more manageable workload on your plate!
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