Think of all the things you say yes to with hesitation in your voice, knowing that you don’t really want to commit but you do for the fear that you’ll let someone down. How many of these sound familiar?
• Joined a board or committee, knowing you don’t have enough time or energy
• Agreed to go hang out with someone, even if you didn’t really want to
• Chose an outfit because it fit in better, even though you didn’t like it
• Offered to help someone, even though you can’t get through your own stuff
• Took on a project, even when you knew it wasn’t a good fit
We agree to do a lot of things, even when we know we shouldn’t. We overwork ourselves to please other people. And while going the extra mile to lend someone a hand or make a difference has a positive ripple effect, they should be reserved for the things that matter most, not your daily decisions.
Think about all the things you’re doing – commitments, boards, routines, habits, etc. Ask yourself, when you say yes to these things, do you have a positive reaction? Do you think, “hell yes!” when you agree to do these things? My friends, if it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no. You have limited time on this earth as it is. Why spend a large chunk of it doing things that drain you?
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