Your kindness and generosity can be a great threat to your business.
As your business becomes more successful, as your career rises to new heights, you start getting a LOT of requests from people…
The better you get at saying “No” the more productive you’ll be and the faster you’ll reach your goals.
…friends, colleagues, people that read your materials or saw you speak at an event…all kinds of people start asking you for “just a few minutes of your time” to help them. To answer their questions. To show them what they need to do to become successful.
You may be inclined to say “Yes” to everyone that makes this request.
If that’s the case, you may be hurting yourself and your business more than you think.
It Feels Good
I consider myself a kind and generous person. I often go out of my way to help others. I do it because it feels good to help.
At the same time, if I took a few minutes to respond to every single request I get I’d literally have no time left in the day for productive work – work that moves my business forward.
We all face distractions throughout the day. Those of us that learn to eliminate as many of those distractions as possible get the most done.
That’s why the most prolific authors can write a book in less than 6 weeks – while it takes others a year or more. It’s not that the first author is a ‘better’ writer. It’s because they know how to manage their time and focus on writing without letting other distractions creep in. Continue Reading