What was the decision I lead you on with yesterday???
I made the decision to only accept offers from organizations in which I wanted to serve…causes about which I was passionate…people with whom I already had or desired strong relationships. And, honestly, at that point there were only TWO organizations that appealed to me. Ultimately, I became chairman of the board of one. 30 years later I’m still waiting on the offer from the other.
But meanwhile, I politely and respectfully declined many other invitations to serve. And by doing so, I DID serve, don’t you see? Because if had I accepted, I most likely wouldn’t have put my whole heart into the effort. And I just can’t survive being half-hearted.
Are there boards, committees, clubs, organizations that you need to consider stepping away from? Is there one less class you can teach? One less hour a week of volunteerism? One less sub-committee to serve on? My guess is the answer is yes. Maybe it’s time for you to say no to something…
By now, I hope you realize that I’m addressing opportunities that are outside your workplace. For the next few days, I’ll share some ideas on how to say no without directly saying “no” where you work. Stay tuned.