Guest post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess
I was in church the other day and the message was about busyness. It was pertinent because I have a hard time saying no to projects and in light of some recent health issues, I know that I have to learn to say no.
Do you ever feel your life is overcome with busyness? That you can't find a way to step back and just say "no"? Many entrepreneurs are plagued with the "Yes syndrome." A project comes along and they simply can't step back and turn it down; whether it's because of a fear of losing a project, and therefore income, or whether it's a chronic need to please clients, constantly saying "yes" can lead to burn out.
- Is the opportunity in harmony with your life-calling? Are you undertaking a life mission that this opportunity would meld into? If so, then give a hearty yes.
- Does the opportunity coincide with your life and your business convictions?
- Has the opportunity arisen through connections with reliable companions and do you find support from your closest family, friends and advisors for this opportunity?
- Does this new opportunity meet needs in the culture in which you thrive?
- Will the opportunity advance your life's mission statement? Does it mesh with your business statement, mission and vision?
When an opportunity arises, take the time to apply these five items before you give out a yes to an opportunity that will add to your busyness.