“Yes, but there are good things, and then there's what's best. Sometimes you have to say no to the good things so you can have what's best.”
This lesson stuck with me strongly because it taught me that in order to say yes to anything, it means saying no to something else.
It's one of the reasons I am an entrepreneur: I choose to say yes to being a full time mom and that means I've said no to working in a traditional 9 to 5 environment.
Saying No to a traditional 9 to 5 environment means I've said yes to fluctuating income streams and wearing about 8 hats as a business owner.
Life is about trade offs, but you can trade successfully, and wisely, by keeping what's best at the front of your decision making.
This lesson can work for your budget when you say no to eating out because you're saying yes to more vacation money.
It can mean you say no to going out with friends because you're saying yes to getting the next lesson written for your online course.
As adults, we understand this lesson as discipline and responsibility. However, as mompreneurs when we are trying desperately to make money yesterday, to bring in that next dollar, to establish our credibility and build a platform we can truly stand on (without falling off), the onslaught of “Buy this product, it will save your life.”
It can be very much like drinking goodness from a fire hydrant– sometimes too much of even a good thing can drown you.
I'm not faulting entrepreneurs– the marketing formula they use is one I teach—tell people the problem you're going to solve for them, show how you're going to solve it, then ask them to buy it so they can have the solution you offer.
It's honest representation of the product they've worked hard to build most of the time– when you're dealing with a reputable entrepreneur— and most of the time it will do good things for you– but the important point is that often, the latest product is just good and not best.
So when you're facing that decision of whether or not to take advantage of a seemingly good opportunity? How do you wade through the rising tide of good ideas to find what's best for your company?
Remember: You can't spend all your money on good products and still build a profitable business.
Like anything, when you spend all of your money you stop having money and basic common sense tells you that no money equals no business. So as you are building your company and your platform from home, here's a principle I want you to remember. In honor of Dad, we'll call it the Yes to the Best Principle.
Learn to Say Yes to the Best With These 5 Easy Steps.
That rhymes a little more than I intended when I wrote this, but it's catchy and hopefully that helps you remember it! When you're watching the latest webinar, reading that very well done email newsletter, or you're finding yourself landing on a beautifully designed landing page where an established, professional, entrepreneur is selling you their latest product they want you to buy, here are 5 Steps I want to you go through in your mind, and on paper if neccessary, before you make that purchase.
1. Set very specific goals for yourself.
2. Work on those goals one at a time so that you have a clear focus
3. Are you already taking action on this topic? Then consider it.
4. Be clear on how it's going to pay you pack.
5. Buy it and Use It.
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