The Impact of Saying “NO!”

I say NOWe are in a season where activities and demands are picking up. There are more schedules to manage and pulls on our time. In general, we want to be helpful and accommodating to people. Therefore we hate to say “NO”. People often do anything to avoid this word. We will avoid people, redirect conversations, make excuses, be non-committal or simply say “YES” to things we know we will have a hard time following through on. Reality is we simply cannot do everything. When we keep saying “YES” to things we are adding “stuff” to our “plate” which causes overwhelm, stress and frustration. Even though we would like to answer “YES” to everything, in order to have a peaceful life which exhibits quality, balance and basic sanity, we must learn how to say “NO”.

How do you do it? When you say “YES” to a new activity, you have to say “NO” to remove something else that is already on your full plate. Here is how:

  1. Be clear on your priorities and what is important. If you are not clear, you will not have a compelling reason to say “NO” when you feel drawn to accept a new item on your plate. Try to strike a balance with the “Essential 8″: family, friends, work, health, budgeting, fun, physical space (home, office, car), and personal growth (spiritual, educational, personal development).
  2. Set filters for each of your Essential 8 areas. You want to have your Essential 8 listed by priority and set a filter for each (take the purpose/goal for each area and then be clear on what fits and what does not). Take special note of the proportion each area is getting.
  3. Evaluate what is on your plate. Considering each of the Essential 8 areas and your priorities, determine what your “needs” are. “Should’s” need to move to one side of the fence. Do you need it or not? Consider your balance so you have some big projects (meat), some personal care (veggie), some daily necessities (good grain/filler), and a hobby/fun thing (dessert). These are the things to which you are saying “YES!”
  4. Say “NO” to the things that do not meet your filters. These may be the least important things on your list OR new things that come up in your life. Remember whenever you say “YES,” you are saying “NO” to something.

When you say “NO” you have more power to say “YES” to what is important. Remember “NO” can mean “never,” it can also mean, “no, not right now”. Let yourself have some space to do what is important. You will experience the power of balance and boundaries which will result in you being more effective and productive. You will enjoy less stress and more peace with your life.

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Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com

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Apps I Love (part 1)

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  •  CAR
  • TO DO LIST & NOTES
    • Cozi (for shopping lists – Auto syncs between computer and phone)
    • Any.do (a good to do list)
    • Evernote (you can have this on the computer too – it is a great program for saving things and filing documents of all kinds)
  •  RESOURCES
    • QR code or reader
    • Kindle (amazons book reader – can get free books to download)
    • Find my ipad (helps to locate device if you misplace it)(enable)
    • Weather channel (weather)
    • TuneIn Radio (music)
    • Emoji (fun icons) (go to settings [gray box], click settings, keyboard, keyboards, add Emoji) (then it will show up on your keyboard as a little world icon by the microphone button on the keyboard)
  • GAMES

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Apps I Love (part 2)

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Career Planning

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8 Themes To Improve High Performing Environments

environment-high-performanceIn his LinkedIn article, Building a high performance environment: the way the athletes do it, “performance psychologist” and Associate Lecturer in Psychology at The Univeristy of Northampton, Matthew Cunliffe, says that “there are often many challenges that are faced when working in high performance environments for example communication problems, coach and athlete conflict, interference from managers, owners, or executive boards, media reports and financial pressures.”   He asserts that “there are eight main themes that can help improve high performing climates or environments.

  1. the critical turning point
  2. flexibility and evolution
  3. dual management
  4. better people make better teams
  5. responsibility
  6. leadership
  7. expectation of excellence
  8. team cohesion”

How can you apply these themes to your high-stakes environments?

For the full article, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/building-high-performance-environment-way-athletes-do-matthew

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Things Are Not Always What They Seem

compassionOften in life we get hung up when others act differently than we would have liked. People say something harshly, people don’t call when you hoped they would, people end relationships abruptly, people don’t show up, people are on a different page causing miscommunication, etc. Life is full of situations in business and our personal lives that can leave us feeling like we did something wrong, feeling angry, frustrated at others, confused, hurt, rejected or invalidated.  It is easy to blame, attack, accuse or be baffled at why another person acted toward us as they did. The key to remember is it is not TOWARD us, they are just “acting” in line with what is happening in their life. It is not a personal message to you. If you are confused with how someone is acting, back up and don’t respond negatively. Get in a position of understanding and look to see what else might be causing the behavior. If you can’t get answers, let it go, being confident that it is likely not about you.

Things are not always what they seem and it is highly possible the other person was having a bad day, might be feeling sick, might have gotten bad news, was busy or distracted, etc. People in general do not seek to be negative to others, they experience it in their life first and unconsciously reflect it back out to others. So, instead of picking up on a chain reaction of indirect attacks and getting negative yourself, be a leader and be understanding, compassionate and open minded. 

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Leadership Traits Worth Emulating

Facebook coverpage - clarity to Lead 125x125In her Inc. article, Great Leadership Matters in Any Business, presidnet and CEO of Lead From Within, Lolly Daskal, says that a “leadership that matters” is the factor that makes the most diference in making a company admirable.  She asserts that good leaderships share the following characteristics and that we can all emulate them.

  • Lead with Vision
  • Lead with Communication
  • Lead with Value
  • Lead with Recognition
  • Lead with Connecting
  • Lead with Character
  • Lead with Empowerment
  • Lead with Questions
  • Lead With Efficiency

Which characteristic would you most like to emulate?

For the full article, visit: http://www.inc.com/lolly-daskal/great-leadership-matters-in-any-business.html

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What Can You Learn From Your Children?

Facebook coverpage -FOCUS text to Learn 125x125In his Inc. article, What Your Kids Can Teach You About Leadership, entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author, Josh Linkner, tells how his children have taught him more about leadership than any of his bosses.

His children have taught him:

Compassion. 

Wonder and Curiosity.

Lack of pre-judgment.

Being in the moment.

Focusing on the possibilities.

What can you learn from your children?

For the full article, visit: http://www.inc.com/josh-linkner/what-your-kids-can-teach-you-about-leadership-that-your-boss-cannot.html

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Increase Your Productivity

Keep Growing Everyday ImageSynergy Strategies’ Coaching and Training programs build solid visions, goals and strategies to increase organizational and personal effectiveness; saving time, energy and money. We will work with you to design a program that will maximize your strengths and address your needs so that your people operate with passion, purpose and productivity. Isn’t it time for you to get connected with the resources you need to drive, thrive, and play to win!

Name a professional athlete that does not have a coach. That would be absurd right? Those people are professionals because they are talented by their own right. They don’t need a coach to tell them how to play. They need a coach to keep them on the edge of their learning, seeing the big picture, the blind spots, and constantly pushing them to the next level.  We are the professional sports coach for the mind.

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How to Get the Sleep Your Career Desperately Needs

Emotional IntelligenceIn his LinkedIn article, Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You and Your Career, Dr. Travis Bradberry, Coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 & President at TalentSmart explains how crucial sleep is to your ability to function and certainly to success.  He also shares ten strategies for getting the sleep that you and your body so desperately need.

  1. Stay Away from Sleeping Pills
  2. Stop Drinking Caffeine (at Least after Lunch)
  3. Avoid Blue Light at Night
  4. Wake Up at the Same Time Every Day
  5. No Binge Sleeping (In) on the Weekend
  6. Learn How Much Sleep You Really Need
  7. Stop Working
  8. Eliminate Interruptions
  9. Learn to Meditate
  10. When All Else Fails: Take Naps

Read the full article here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141201150910-50578967-skipping-sleep-is-career-suicide

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