We’ve all heard this expression before…
When you say “yes” to something, you’re saying “no” to something else.
But rarely do we flip this around.
I’m talking about a simple mindset shift that can drastically improve your happiness, authenticity, and chances of success.
For example, imagine if you started each day by reminding yourself that you’ve already said YES to upskilling your brand design abilities.
YES to finishing that project you’ve been stuck on.
And YES to finally creating a post around that unique idea you had.
Suddenly, the distractions keeping you from your full potential become clearer than ever before.
So when you say “no” to these distractions, you’re saying “yes” to these more authentic aspirations.
Along the way, it also becomes easier to say:
For some, that might mean saying NO to spending time with someone who doesn’t have your best interests at heart.
For others, maybe it’s saying NO to self-damaging habits that you can’t seem to kick.
For me, this meant saying NO to last-minute Saturday night out plans in exchange for an early, healthy, and productive Sunday morning.
In the words of writer Napoleon Hill, “success requires no apologies, but failure permits no alibis.”
Although it’s hard to put your foot down, especially when it comes to other people, you have to keep the bigger picture in mind.
****🙌 But there’s more to it than goals alone… 🙌****
Before you start making sacrifices, put your phone on Do Not Disturb, clear your schedule, and go somewhere you can focus.
Whether that’s a library, or a park, or a quiet cafe, find somewhere without distractions.
Bring nothing more than a pen and a piece of paper…
Then have an open and honest internal dialogue with yourself.
What do you really want out of life?
Are you pursuing meaningful work that brings you fulfilment?
How can you live more authentically?
You’ll be surprised by how much clarity these fundamental questions can bring.
After all, the average person spends nearly 100,000 hours working in their lifetime…
But if you’re doing something you love, it won’t feel like work at all.
The bottom line?
Fulfilment, happiness, and success come in all shapes and forms…
And their definitions vary from person to person.
But when you stay true to who you are, the outcome is always worth it in the end.
Along the way, you may disappoint friends or even family members. Just remember that these people aren’t the ones waking up and putting in the work… You are.
That’s why it’s time to prioritise yourself, say YES to what matters, and accept a few awkward situations along the way.
The best is yet to come.
Chat next week,