“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” – John C. Maxwell
The CEO of the company I work for quoted this mantra over and over until it stuck into my mind. At the time I didn’t have a ton on my plate-so while I thought it was good, it wasn’t applicable yet.
Fast forward to this year:
2 children, 2 work at home jobs, one PR blog, additional freelance writing work, church, bible study, playgroups, MOPs, preschool with my 3 year old at home 2 days a week, cleaning, cooking, hubby time, devotions, working out, phone calls back home, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, email, me time…..shall I keep going?
Suddenly this quote became very real and very needed!
Searching for balance can get tricky when you look at your plate and all you see are “good” things. How do you say no to any of them??? This is hard but you must learn to say no to the good to say yes to the best! I love the book The Life Ready Woman as they bring to light that you can’t have everything, all at once, and expect to do it all well. It is better to focus in on a few things and do them well, then have your attention and energy spread thin between many things and do all of them mediocre.
While having multiple streams of income is a wonderful idea and one I encourage–be careful how many streams you add in. To do a good job in anything you need to have good time to dedicate to it.
For me this means I’ve closed down my scrap for hire business and have implemented stricter posting guidelines for what I’ll accept to review and what I will post about my PR blog. It means setting my Facebook groups settings more strictly so that I don’t open my email each day to 200 new unread messages. It means de-cluttering and getting organized so that things I don’t even care much about are not stealing my time and energy that I could be devoting to my family or my work. By deciding what is good and what is best I’m able to quit spinning my wheels and make sure that each moment of my day is filled with activities and items I find useful, helpful, beautiful, and fulfilling. This is what living this quote means and what I’m striving towards!
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