A hard lesson I had to learn in February was learning to say “No”
This was a tough one for me because I am naturally someone who wants to ALWAYS provide value and do things for other people when they ask for it.
But what I realized is that saying ‘Yes’ to everything or even too many things was doing myself, my team & my clients a disservice.
Because if I just agree to take every call, or be on every podcast, or accept every opportunity -- I won’t have the bandwidth to do the things that move the needle for the business & my clients!
Now, this is something I’ve known to a degree and I’ve been getting more & more selective with the opportunities I accept & the meetings I take. However, this was especially made clear to me in February when all of my business responsibilities & my move, combined with the commitments I agreed to, added up to so much time it was hard to pull out high-level.
So I worked with my Executive Assistant to ensure that I was able to protect my time & bandwidth so that I can focus on the high-impact activities that are beneficial to my clients, my team & myself.
While for people like me, it can be hard to say “No” -- it is vital that I know where to put my bandwidth so that I can look after my clients & team FIRST.
And I feel I put it to my Assistant very well:
“I’m going to show up 110% on EVERY call I get on, and every podcast appearance I make. I am going to give my ALL to every opportunity I accept - because that’s who I am & how I show up”...
“But, what we need to do is determine what ends up on my calendar & what opportunities I accept. Because there is only so much time & energy - and I have to look after my team & clients first"
^^ This was a very valuable lesson I learned in the constraints of a very busy month like February, and one that will ensure that what I do put my time, energy & focus on are going to be the things that have the biggest impact! 💯