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February 10, 2023

Heck Ya Or No Thank You

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Something that frequents every personal development podcast, blog, interview, video, everything… Is the concept of getting better at saying “no”.

We all know how valuable of an asset our time is and saying “no” is our way of protecting it. But if you’re like me, who at times can overcompensate for boredom by making myself too busy and overstimulated, I have a hard time enforcing my boundaries.

I’ve been really working on it for the last 6 months, so much so that my theme for the year is “have a plan and stick to it”. And it all started to click a little better when I got this piece of advice - When you’re deciding whether or not to do something, it needs to be a “Heck Ya” or else it’s a “No Thank You”.

What this does is it raises your standard for what you commit to. If you don’t increase the caliber of the things that are worth your time , then you’ll be spending your day doing things at a fraction of the quality that you could.

You deserve to feel like you’re putting your heart into everything you do. That’s a real possibility in your life. And the only way you get there is by raising your standards.

Now with all of this in mind, I’m not going to tell you to uproot everything all at once. I have things that I need to delete from my life that I either don’t have the courage or timing to do. That can all iron out with time, and you should revisit what feels like a “Heck Ya” in your life and what doesn’t because things are dynamic and evolve. 

But what you can control moving forward are the new things you commit to. Given how fluid things are and how quickly things cycle, you’ll be shocked to discover how quickly things reset and how possible it is for you to get better at reserving your time for the things that matter most.

So the next time you’re making a decision to do something or not, ask yourself “Do I really want to do this?” If your answer is “Heck Ya” then follow the pull of it. If it’s anything else, politely say “No Thank You.”

As long as you keep finding your edge of what’s comfortable, and pushing it, you’re growing. We all have a friend that needs to here this specific message - Forward them this article and play a role in helping them find better balance in their life.

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