As an entrepreneur, there’s often the desire to say “yes” to many requests. A potential customer wants this one feature added. A partner wants to do a webinar with you as the guest. A community leader wants you on the board. Yes, yes, yes. Only, after looking around, it’s clear that you’re over committed and don’t have time to work on the business.
Saying “no” is harder than saying “yes.” Yet, it’s time to do more of it.
The next time someone asks something of you, ask yourself the following questions:
- When answering this request, am I being intentional with my time?
- Am I the absolute best person to work on this?
- How easy is it to delegate this?
- If I say “yes” to this request, what am I giving up?
- If I say “no” to this request, what will happen?
Saying “no” is often harder than saying “yes” for many entrepreneurs. The result: too many things to do and not enough time to think. My advice is for entrepreneurs is to get better at saying “no” and being more intentional with their time.
What else? What are some more thoughts on saying “no” being harder than “yes” with requests?