Stop Saying "No" To Saying No!
Last Update: Mar 18, 2023
I talk with current and past colleagues all the time, and one thing I find that so many of the ones who are unhappy with their situations do is say "no" to opportunities.
They say no to the very idea of exploring options.
Whether the "option" is a new job, opening a business, or joining The Wealthy Affiliate.
Why did I start thinking about this?
I played golf yesterday with a friend who, now retired, worked as head of sales for a pharmaceutical sales and distribution company.
He shared between shots how he was once elevated to the equivalent of four levels higher in rank because he was a fantastic salesman. However, he didn't feel ready or at all in his comfort zone with such a jump, but then he said, "Why on earth would I say no to such a dream opportunity?" he asked me.
Why indeed. If the executives above him had faith in you, why wouldn't you have confidence in yourself?
Just say "no" to the idea of saying no to exploring options.
We talked about how people limit what they can achieve by always finding reasons to say no to opportunities and even putting themselves in a position to be given opportunities.
Stop focusing on the obstacles.
You can always find valid reasons not to do something. In the case of careers or businesses, people feel constrained by having a commute of under an hour, so everything they pursue needs to be in that circle. But why not move if the job is what you want? What will help you achieve your career desires?
One can come up with reasons not to move, but if you listen to those reasons, your career and business goals become difficult or even impossible to achieve.
Some are overly focused on having a shiny title. Silly. One company's Director is another company's SVP.
Others fear moving from a big brand name company to a smaller company because of "how it would look."
Only your mother is watching you that closely; she probably wants you to be happy. Sometimes what you need to be happy, or to gain the experience necessary for your next step, is at a smaller company or stepping out and starting your own business.
Just do it and crush it!
Do you find it appealing to be your own boss and grow something from the beginning? Then you should go into franchising, or like we are all learning to do, and build a successful online business.
We hear so many success stories in this area! It's a great way to be in control and show what you've got. How will it look to be the main person in a small operation?
It'll look fantastic! You'd be running it and building something extraordinary!
If I were to advise them, I would say not to limit yourself by a feeling of lack of preparation! Don't be one of those people who only apply or take a well-thought-out leap into a new opportunity - ONLY if they check all the boxes.
If you're open to more things, more things will present themselves to you. Pursue opportunities. Talk about your options. You don't need to walk every path.
Any obstacles that have you saying "no" - if even only exploring your options can be worked out.
Please don't dwell on them. Saying "yes" to finding out your options is the first step in finding your Next Great Opportunity.
As always, your thoughts, feedback, and input are welcomed!
Thank you for reading my blogs and for your continued support.
Catchy blog title, Mike!
Being open to opportunities is a positive idea. It doesn't hurt to look at what is available. Unless you are already committed to your online business, perhaps you will find just the chance you've been looking for.
Don't say "no" unless you are sure it's the right answer.
Great post and an excellent mindset to have when it comes to winning opportunities.
Yes, to succeed you must always keep an open mind to new things and 'think outside the box'. Thanks for sharing.
Excellent post and food for thought.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Many greetings to you,
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Your blog is timely and have just convinced me to do a blog.
Opportunities are made to be always taken
Our comfort zone are the things that are standing in the way of us achieving our goals
What do we have to lose?
We need to say yes to everything that has the potential to push us forward
Thank you for your very thoughtful feedback…I’m glad you got something out of it!
I certainly did
Me too ;)