#812 Covey’s Big YES!!

Makes It Easier to Say “No”

In our last +1, we had fun hanging out inside Peter Drucker’s (and I quote) “VERY BIG waste paper basket.

As the great Drucker taught us, we need to be able to say “No!” to distractions if we’re going to have a shot at doing “the work the Good Lord has fitted one to do, and to do well.

That makes me think of another 20th-century luminary: Stephen Covey.

He says pretty much the EXACT same thing in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Here’s how he puts it: “You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good.’

That’s Today’s +1.

What is worthy of a big, soul-aching “YES”?!

Have you said “YES!” to it?

That’s Part 1.

Part 2.

To what do you need to have the courage to “pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically” say “no”?

Get on that.

Good luck with that!

Let’s do this!

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