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I just read a Fast Company article (see link below) on the power of having “Anti-Resolutions” for the New Year. Those who are familiar with my work know that I am a big believer in the power of saying “no” to create opportunity, and that those who say “no” to, as Warren Buttett suggests, “almost everything” are ultimately more successful because they have clarity and focus on what matters most.
Here are some of the suggestions for “Anti-Resolutions” from the article:
- Stop working with bad clients. People who take up too much of your time for too little pay or satisfaction need to go. Start the New Year by firing clients who cause you stress and anxiety, even if you haven’t replaced them yet. “Nothing like a little hit in income to give you the motivation to go after the types of clients you’d be thrilled to work with,” says Hanley.
- Stop using disclaimers. Starting a sentence with phrases such as, “Sorry to bother you, but,” “I just wanted to tell you,” or, “I feel like” detract from your message, says Davis. “Say what you want to say, directly and confidently,” she says. “While you’re at it, stop apologizing so much. If you have to, say you’re sorry with a smile and move the heck on.”
- Stop making excuses. Don’t attempt to explain away why you couldn’t, wouldn’t, or didn’t do something, says McCann. Instead, take responsibility for your errors, and don’t worry about softening the truth to make it more palatable to someone else. “In the long run, making excuses uses more energy than truth telling, plus the truth never comes back to bite you,” she says.
- Stop putting off work that needs to be done. There will always be emails to answer and tough conversations to have, says Hanley. “The more you hate or dread doing these things, the more they will suck the life out of you,” she says. When you notice yourself avoiding a task or spinning a story in your head about how hard or unfair something will be, accept that, for better or worse, it’s your responsibility. “Give it just the amount of attention it needs so you can move on to the more enjoyable stuff,” says Hanley.
- Stop overcommitting. It’s okay to say “no,” but few of us do it. When you frame the decision as refusing to overcommit, it can be easier to do. “You can also delegate, outsource, or occasionally do a half-assed job,” says Hanley.