We have all heard it. “No, sorry can’t help you.” “No, you may not…” “No, you’re not getting the promotion.” No. It’s one of the first words we learn as children, often the first form of rebellion, the first feeling of disappointment or even sadness. But what if no were a positive thing? What if we said no to being lazy-how productive we could be! What if we said no to unhealthy eating-how strong we could be! What if we said no to poor business practices-How Successful We Could Be!
Just say NO to….
1. Poor hiring. Just say no to hiring the wrong person. I know it can be hard to find your perfect fit, but that person is out there. I have been in a position before thinking, “Would it really be so bad to hire this person? I know their track record is shady, and they don’t have much experience or education, but I think I can MAKE them who I need them to be.” Nine times out of ten, this person will not work out. It is different to hire someone lacking experience who is educated or vice versa, but if the candidate has too much working against them, you will be spending more time training and teaching this person than getting work done.
2. Lack of respect for your clients. Just say no to being a jerk. Treat your clients and customers as the valued people they are. Be on time, answer calls and emails in a timely fashion. Most importantly, do what you say you will! If clients cannot depend on you to keep small commitments, do you think they will trust you when the stakes are high? Stay true to your commitments and everybody wins.
3. Lack of focus. Just say no to your own lack of vision. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? The answer doesn’t matter. As adults, we still need to find that something that inspires us. Something that will light your fire. What are you working toward? Being successful? What does that mean for you? Making a lot money? Helping people? Vision and inspiration are different for each of us. Call it overly optimistic, but my vision for this blog is to help small business owners with their business. Sometimes through marketing tips, advice and bios of inspirational people. Maybe you would like to contact me for a website analysis and I can help you improve your business individually.
But that’s my vision. What’s yours? In what way can you say NO and make a positive difference?