We talked yesterday about when saying no can feel good and how to do it. We talked about getting clear about your desires so that you actually know when to say no. But what about when we say no without really thinking about it?
Right now, we are saying no to many things by not allowing them into our lives. We essentially shut ourselves off from life, unconsciously. We go about our busy task-list driven agendas, even if that task list includes strategic thinking for your company. We forget to look at our own life, our own goals, our own path, so we miss opportunities all around to learn and grow and expand.
I did this for countless years. For years I went to work (I worked from home or I traveled, as I do now) and I worked out. I hung out with the work team some once we were on site, but mostly just grabbing dinner and drinks each evening, and often back then, well into the night. But that was about it. I would come home exhausted, burnt out and done, but I would get my workouts with my trainer in. I didn’t really have time or make time for anything new to come into my life. It wasn’t exactly a conscious choice, it just happened.
Does that sound familiar at all? Now, we can make the conscious choice to open ourselves to new opportunities and to look for and find them. Now, with conscious awareness, we can choose to say yes or no. Big difference.