This contributor post was written by Tiffany Han.
We talk about the power of saying yes a lot when it comes to creative businesses.
Say yes and figure it out later.
Raise your hand even if you’re not ready.
Take advantage of opportunities that come your way. Saying yes is how you get ahead.
All of this is true…and yet, there is also power that comes with saying no.
Saying no to the things that no longer serve you. Saying no to so-called opportunities that actually result in you doing a lot of extra work for not much corresponding reward.
Saying no to people who suck your energy. And your time. And your money.
Saying no to the things that are not good for you – relationships, habits, tasks – so that you can say yes to the things that ARE infinitely better for your business, your life, and your psyche.
It’s easy to become a yes-man when you’re starting out. Often we’re so excited about all! the! possibility! that we take on every project that becomes available and forget to keep the vision of our business in the forefront. We get so consumed with the day-to-day tasks of doing the job that we forget about our role as business owner and visionary.
And sometimes, the only way to regain power as the Person in Charge is to start saying no: Turning down the pain-in-the-butt client who (you know!) is going to drive you crazy and be 100% not worth it in the long run. Saying no, thank you to the “unpaid but good exposure” photography gig. Passing on the super discounted order for your aunt’s co-worker who you’ll never hear from again.
Today’s challenge: Take a look at what you’re working on these days, especially the things that are taking up the majority of your time and energy, and ask yourself: “How is this serving me?” If you don’t like your answer, it’s time to start saying no.