No Lists (Daily Habits Series)

“Saying no frees you up to say yes when it matters most.”

Adam Grant

A No List is likely even more important than a Yes List.

Meaning, what you say no to could arguably be more important than what you say yes to.

There’s a lot of half-hearted, mediocre things you could say yes to in life.

For me, creating an actual list ahead of time for things I’m going to say no too is essential. Otherwise I can get caught off guard in the moment and end up saying yes to what I should have said no too.

At the end the day, every decision we make, every habit we cultivate uses our most precious resource: time. As we’ve all heard some point in our lives, time is our most valuable asset.

I read recently that “The average person has approximately 25,000 days to live in their adult life. Wait But Why creator, Tim Urban, has a great depiction of how little time we have to give in the grand scheme of things.

No is essential. Without no, we are saying yes to what everyone else wants for our lives, instead of what we want for our lives. Derek Sivers says it best. When you feel over-committed or overwhelmed, consider:

“If you’re not saying ‘HELL YEAH!’ about something, say ‘no’.”

What do you want to say no to? What’s on your No List?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

Daily Blog #585

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