TIPS TO SAYING YES OR NO IN BUSINESS
Sometimes the process to learning to say no in business is the same as in personal matters, and sometimes it is different given that you have employees, systems and revenue to think about (amongst just a few other things, right?). I offer you some questions to ask yourself when deciding yes or no in business:
- If I say yes to this, what else am I saying yes to? What would I be saying no to? Let me explain this a bit more via an example. Say you will be launching your new business soon, and you are thinking about establishing a home office. If you say yes to establishing a home office, what else would you be saying yes to? Youd be saying yes to a rent-free space. Youd possibly be saying yes to a work day with no commute. Or perhaps youd be saying yes to seeing your children more.
On the flip side, if you say yes to a home office, what would you be saying no to? Youd possibly be saying no to a team environment where you could feed off of others motivation. Youd possibly be saying no having a set schedule that is easy to maintain with less fun distractions. Or, you may be saying no to a monthly office raffle that is silly but also breaks up the daily monotony. None of these answers (or any other answers you would provide) are good or bad, right or wrong. The point is to put yourself in the position to see the big picture of how your decisions affect you.
- Am I making a long term or permanent decision based on a short-term situation or circumstance? This question is a particularly good one when times get tough. This is a good question to ask yourself to help you keep your eyes on the prize when you have just received your 5th rejection in a row, or your cash flow is lower than youd hope for it to be, or youre thinking about postponing your website launch another three months because its not yet perfect.
Those are the moments when your fears and old stories of who youre not or what you cant accomplish try to sneak in. This question can help you counter that. Entrepreneurs bravely step into the risk and fear battle zone daily, and sometimes its inevitable that the emotions will want to take the lead. Eyes on the prize.
Stay conscious, stay connected, stay curious and stay true to you and your business. Wed love to hear from you now. What other questions would you add to this list?
The next installment of Self-Awareness for the Emerging Entrepreneur I will discuss Strategies to Create and Sustain New Habits. Similar to decision-making awareness, successful cultivation of new habits requires self-awareness, conscious belief and habit tweaking and commitment to new choices.