Leaders get asked to do a lot of things. In fact, the more successful you are in life aspects, the more you will be asked to do. Here lies an irony for the successful leader – a leader in business, at home, or anywhere in life: The more I accomplish the more I have to manage.
This is why life planning is so important. Without it, most of our lives get filled with expectations (some ours, some from others). And most of us know that a failure to plan is usually a plan to fail.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
– Jim Rohn
Part of what successful leaders need most in their life plan is the clarity to say no to really great opportunities that come along but don’t line up with their vision and their unique abilities. To say no consistently, great leaders need conviction around who they are, what they are doing, why they are doing it, and where they are going. That filter allows great leaders to avoid getting overloaded and allows them to navigate their days with more energy and finish their weeks with better results.
“Don’t be afraid to say no to projects. Prove that you’re serious about specialization by turning down work that falls outside your area of expertise. The more people you say no to, the more referrals you’ll get to people who need your product or service.”
John Warrillow, author of Built to Sell
Embrace the power of no and watch it take your results from good to great!