“No” is one of the most under-used words in our culture.
We are so afraid of negativity and rejection that we started associating “yes” with positive emotions and success. But if you take a closer look at some of the most successful people in the world, more often than not, “no” is the operative word of choice – not “yes”.
How is that? Well, imagine this situation for a few moments – you are a very successful expert who has a very busy life. You have a family (or if not, a lot of friends), a ton of work and heaps of ambition. Sooner or later, you will face the cold fact that you can only have so many hours in a day (in which you also have to sleep from time to time) and that there is so much you can do in those hours.
In other words, you start grasping the finite nature of time and reality. Then, you can better grasp the fact that you cannot do everything in the same time. Success needs time, perseverance and focus.
That’s why saying “no” is one of the most important things you can do for your success – not just in your career but in your life in general. You have to choose the most important activities, which are the most significant for your particular situation, and perform them as much as possible. The more other distractions interfere, the less results you will have.
Sure, there are exceptions to this rule – and experimentation with different things is important in certain stages of your development. Just make sure you don’t get caught up in the excitement of hopping from activity to activity wondering when you will feel fulfilled, happy and successful.
Here are 5 more reasons why saying “no” is critical to your success…
Reason #1 For Saying “No” More Often – “No” Keeps You Focused
Have you heard about the latest app which can drastically increase your productivity?
What about the trending website which promises to keep you motivated and inspired?
Did you see that new book which outlines the new way of doing better management?
What’s the point here? There are thousands of potential solutions to your challenges, created every second. However, if you keep searching for a solution, you might end up searching continuously without settling for a solution.
Saying “no” to most outside activities (besides the most important ones), saying “no” to most new apps, gadgets and technologies will keep you focused and engaged on what works and has the biggest impact possible.
What I have discovered is that by drastically limiting my outside input, only what truly mattered (or only real, solid opportunities) emerged. It takes courage to do this but I can guarantee it works.
Reason #2 For Saying “No” More Often – “No” Minimizes Distractions
Friends always want to party – while the family always wants you to be home with them, Facebook gives you some new notifications and your phone is alerting you every 5 minutes with some distracting notification.
The truth is that we live in a very distracting world, where it’s very easy to be caught up in the day-to-day hustle and flow. However, what I have discovered is that the people who truly focus and put aside the time to do meaningful work are the ones who get very successful precisely because of this habit.
Saying “no” to most distractions will give high-quality time to focus on the activities and things which matters the most.
Reason #3 For Saying “No” More Often – “No” Un-clutters The Mind
By renouncing all the activities, apps and distractions which drain us of energy, our mind can become like a laser beam shining on the tasks which matter the most.
That way, not only that we get meaningful and important results in the areas which matter the most, but our productivity soars and the results explode for a fraction of the time we normally invest for the same results.
An uncluttered mind is a very productive and focused mind, which is a fantastic asset to have no matter what your area of expertise is.
Reason #4 For Saying “No” More Often – “No” Improves Energy Management
Saying “no” to most activities will also leave you with more energy because you stop investing it in things which don’t truly matter. That way, you will have a ton of energy which can be redirected to the meaningful, important activities.
Less energy leaks means more energy for you to invest according to your interests.
Reason #5 For Saying “No” More Often – “No” Grows Momentum
The more you say “no” to unimportant things, the more you say “yes” to the important ones. By saying “yes” more and more to those things, you automatically direct more energy and time into them. With more energy and time invested, the momentum grows and that’s how results go through the roof.
Are you ready to say “no” to mediocrity and “yes” to excellence? Tribehired is here for you – we can help you if you’re motivated to become very successful in your field via an unconventional way.