Smarty Pants 5 – Be Deliberate

Be deliberate about your yes’s, no’s, and not right now’s +

If you don’t, they’ll creep up on ya, and you might not know what you’ve said yes and no to.

Saying yes to things that don’t align with your mission is saying no to your mission. (As does saying yes to everything)

Remember that we are the ones who get to say ‘yes’, ‘no’, or ‘not right now’. What we commit to is our choice and responsibility, not someone else’s.

Make three columns  on paper or in an note app and list out your yes’s / no’s & not right now’s. Be sure to align them to your goals and life mission. Every time you choose, add it to the list, or cross off things that no longer align to you.

Each Choice we make sets us up for who we’re going to be+

Align your yes’s no’s and not right now’s to that.

Give each decision some thought, don’t immediately say yes or no without giving any thought to whether it aligns to who you want to be and what you want to spend your time doing.
However, we must not sit on it either; (that’s leaning towards a maybe and indecision) I’m saying we need to be deliberate.

Yes’s, no’s and not right now’s make us who we are.

Your days will reflect your answers.


— Josh Waggoner

‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’  Email me your thoughts on this post. Can you reduce the essential idea further?

related wisdom

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”  —Andrew Jackson


“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” — John C. Maxwell

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