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Uncontrolled generosity is a threat to your business.

Chances are you went into business because you wanted to help people and make a difference in the world. In the first few weeks, months, and possibly years of your business, it may seem that nobody even knows you are out there. So, when you get that first call from someone who asks for just a few minutes of your time for a quick question or two, it’s natural to say yes and to be pleased by the opportunity.

This scenario often repeats itself as friends and others who may have heard of you or your work or who have seen or met you at different conferences and events and you will likely find yourself saying yes to all their requests as well. Until, one day, you become painfully aware that you’ve been helping all kinds of people and spreading the love but you are not getting paid a dime for any of this work. The pain of this realization hits you in the heart. Hard.

Worse, as you become more well known and your business grows, you start getting a lot of requests. For many different types of things that soon consume the better part of your day. The problem is, you cannot say “yes” to everyone, even if you would like to. For this reason, it’s never too early to start practicing saying “no”. It does take a while to get over the fear of it.

It’s important to your personal and professional growth to get comfortable with saying no. The better you are at doing it, the more productive your workday will be. And the more you practice, thee greater the chance you’ll choose the right things to say “yes” to more often than not. This skill is critical to reaching your goals.

I know it feels good to say yes. At least most of the time. But it also feels good to say no when appropriate or necessary.

Saying no is not a reject, it’s a protection. And essential to supporting your productivity by eliminating unnecessary distractions. Know your priorities and honour them (and yourself) with your choices. Practice saying no often. Both you and your business will be healthier for it!

More next time. Until then, remember to LOVE YOUR WORK, whatever it may be.

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