Ray is a great entrepreneur. As the founder of a budding social enterprise, he gets involved in everything from accounting to sales, admin to strategy development.
He’s also a leader – raising money at charity events, working with influential members of the community, and being the biggest champion of those he’s trying to help. He tries to spend time with friends and family, but often works late into the night and can’t turn his mind off from thinking about his business.
But if you catch him in a moment of honesty, you’ll find out that it’s not as easy as it appears. He’s exhausted.
Ray can’t say no. And because he can’t say no, he’s spending his very limited time and energy chasing after things that won’t help his business progress.
He thinks that he needs to say yes to every opportunity that comes his way – to prove himself and his level of commitment, to build up his network, or to earn some additional income to buy more time to get his business off the ground. He’s terrified of the consequences of saying no.
But something has to give.
Here are two ways to start saying no more often.