Demands, we all have them. Demands from our family, our work, our church, our social groups, our peers, our teachers, our professors. Almost everywhere we look there is something that requires our attention.
So how do we balance all this? One word, “no”. It’s an incredibly simple word, in fact it’s one of the first words we learn to say as we grow up, but somehow we lose our ability to say it.
We grow wary of telling someone no for fear of disappointing them, or looking like we can’t handle what they are asking of us, so we over commit ourselves and find that we have no time for the things we want to do.
While some demands you can’t say no to, (unless you want to go without food or a roof above your head), there are plenty of demands that you can and should say no to.
Time is the most valuable thing and it’s something we can never get back. Think about that the next time someone asks you do to something, is it a distraction, a time eater that will keep you from pursuing your goals? If so, the answer is no.