Although I have learned to do this more as time goes on, I need to hear it again from time to time.
Seth Godin, marketing and social media guru, has written:
“Saying no to loud people gives you the resources to say yes to important opportunities.”
One of the pastors I listen to regularly, especially his leadership podcast, Craig Groeschel say that every time you say YES to something you say NO to something else. So we must chose wisely.
With that said, we must protect our NO’s as much as we give out our YES’s which can be hard in a society of “Yes Men/Women.” I get it. I am one of those guys! Or at least used to be. Maybe I am a recovering YES addict.
Nevertheless, moving beyond being mediocre doesn’t mean saying YES to everything. It means saying NO when it matters, so we can say YES when it does!
So here are a few books I recommend on being better at YES and NO:
The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKuerst
Saying No to Say Yes: Everyday Boundaries and Pastoral Excellence by Dr. David Olsen
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
So there is a good assortment of different approaches, whether you are a business owner, minister, or stay at home parent. We all have way too many demands on our lives. So let’s commit do more NO’s to gain a better YES!