When was the last time you said “no” to a perfectly reasonable request?
Of course you say “no” to obvious, the requests to go on a 5 AM hike, to sell narcotics illegally or to put up your teenage children for adoption.
It’s the good things that are tough to say “no” to, but it’s the only way you’re going to make room for really awesome things. Like starting your dream business, taking that cruise around the world or learning Mandarin. You do NOT have time for these, or money, unless you pare down other activities and expenses.
Just for fun, try saying “no” to every single request today. Just for today. You can always offer an alternative, or just remind the person that you’re already overwhelmed.
Adorable Child: Mom, can we have hot dogs for dinner?
Fabulous You: Not today, dear, maybe another day.
The Boss: Can you have this ready for me by this afternoon?
Amazing You: I’d love to but I’m already busy with the XX project, how about for 2 days from now?
Dearest Spouse or S/O: Honey, can you pick up the dry cleaning today? I need that jacket for tomorrow’s trip.
Brilliant You: I’d love to, dear, but I just can’t make it by there today. I’m sure the other jacket will be fine.
Treasured Friend: Can you buy some tickets for Our Most Worthy Endeavor spaghetti supper this week?
Savvy You: I’d love to but it’s just not a good time. I’ll be sure to donate next month, just remind me.
Appreciated Colleague: Could you look at my presentation slides for me? Your feedback is always right on.
Powerful You: I’d love to, but today is not the day. Try me again later.
Learning-to-drive Teenage Child: Can you lend me $20? I’ll pay you back next week!
Strong You: Sorry, dear, but you still owe me from the last time.
It’s that easy. Just takes practice. Have fun with it.