The Hardest Word To Say...

Remember as a kid how easy it was to say no?

Heck, we got yelled at all the time for saying it to our parents.

"Eat your veggies."


"Do your homework."


What happened?

As adults, we have a hard time saying no to anything that comes in front of our face. 

We aim to be all things to all people and say yes to everything. 

More work projects?


More commitments on the weekends?


More late night events?


Whatever happened to saying no?

Today I'm challenging you to think about the power of no. 

Remember this...

Every time you say yes to something you're saying no to something else. 

When you say yes to staying late at work you're saying no to family time. 

When you say yes to that new job title that sounds fancy and comes with more responsibilities you're saying no to weekends home with your kids. 

When you say yes to things that are not a priority, you're saying no to things that are. 

So, how do you know what to say yes to and what to say no to?


You have to first set rules for what is important to you. 

If going to the gym 10x per month is something you want to make a priority and say yes to what are you going to say no to? 

Maybe that means not staying late at work. 

Maybe that means saying no to sleeping in. 

Or maybe that means dad is going to cook dinner tonight so mom can go have some "me" time. 

Saying no to things allows you to say yes to your priorities. 

It allows you to say yes to things that actually matter, the things you enjoy doing, that thing that makes the biggest impact. 

The more you say no to, the more focus and attention the things that you do say yes to get. 

Thus, you get better results to those things. 

Remember, we all have the same 24 hours. 

I know you always hear it, but it's the truth.

Albert Einstein had 24 hours.

Mona Lisa had 24 hours. 

Gandhi had 24 hours. 

I have 24 hours. 

You have 24 hours. 

So why are some people so good at getting things done and making an impact each day and others just can't seem to get out of there own way?

Some have the discipline of saying no to things that are not important.

Saying no is freeing. 

It simplifies your life. 

It gives you more time to do the things that make you happy. 


My action item for you today…

What is one thing you're going to say no to?

What will that allow you to do more of that matters?

Reply and let me know. 

1% Better. 

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling