As arrogant as it sounds, if you ask me for help, I’ll most likely say No. I often don’t even give a reason it’s just, No.
But it’s a great cause… No.
You’re the only one who can help… (the only one, really?) … No.
Last time you helped … I did. Sorry, No.
Over the years here is a question I constantly forget to ask, which is possibly the world’s most powerful personal, professional and strategic question.
If I say Yes to this, what am I saying no to?
From strategy and goals at one extreme, to temptation and love at the other, it’s a question that helps you pause and consider the consequence of a Yes or No.
No to this … so I can stay true to what’s important.
Yes to this … knowing full well I won’t have time for that other thing.
I love action. I love being involved. I love personal growth. I love leading. I love the organisations we’re building. I love the people I work with. I love my family.
I need to say ‘Yes’ to these things, which means ‘No’ to a lot of cool and exciting things that stop me being the leader I’m created to be.
So my question for you is …
If you’re saying yes to this, what are you saying no to?
[Footnote] In case this post stops you asking me. I also say ‘Yes’ often.