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The Cost and The Kingdom

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Strange Phenomenon of Saying “No”

Basic ideas: 

1. It reveals maturity.

2. Brings inner peace and stress relief.

3. Positions your for growth.

Bonus: Helpful ideas from the Mayo Clinic

When to say no

Sometimes it’s tough to determine which activities deserve your time and attention. Use these strategies to evaluate obligations — and opportunities — that come your way.

  • Focus on what matters most. Examine your current obligations and overall priorities before making any new commitments. Ask yourself if the new commitment is important to you. If it’s something you feel strongly about, by all means do it. If not, take a pass.
  • Weigh the yes-to-stress ratio. Is the new activity you’re considering a short- or long-term commitment? For example, making a batch of cookies for the school bake sale will take far less time than heading up the school fundraising committee. Don’t say yes if it will mean months of added stress. Instead, look for other ways to pitch in.
  • Take guilt out of the equation. Don’t agree to a request you would rather decline because of feelings of guilt or obligation. Doing so will likely lead to additional stress and resentment.
  • Sleep on it. Are you tempted by a friend’s invitation to volunteer at your old alma mater or join a weekly golf league? Before you respond, take a day to think about the request and how it fits in with your current commitments.
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The Serving, Missional Entrepreneur

Today I decided to experiment with an audio post, as supposed to typing. 

It’s only 9min long. Please share you thoughts in the comments area below.