Evergreen and Everlasting!
For my 45th birthday last year, a dear friend of mine got me an amazing gift. She bought me a one-hour session with an astrologer who she randomly connected to in New York.
Sidenote on how my friend found the astrologer: My friend, being the beautiful and generous human being she is, allowed a stranger, who had no place to stay, freely reside in a vacant condo she owned while the stranger cared for an ill family member. You might think this is crazy, but this is beautiful, and we should all be this open and kind whenever we have a chance. I share this to express 1) how awesome my friend is, and 2) the power of kindness and its impact is profound. Since her gift this New York astrologer, who probably knew no one in our area has probably picked up ten new clients. Because what did we all do? Paid it forward.
Back to the point… Whether you believe in the science of a star’s alignment or not, the astrologer did speak many truths. Some of her projections were beautiful affirmations of the person I’m working on becoming, and some were a harsh reality of ways I know I can be derailed.
Ironically, the best of me can sometimes be bad for my intended goals. According to the astrologist – and my personal belief- I must make my goals happen, to be the best for myself and everyone around me.
So, with that, she gave me this advice… SAY NO! Say no to the overwhelming inclination to always be there for everyone at the expense of my own goals. Say no to the distractions that turn me away from accomplishing what needs to be finished. Say no to the doubts and excuses I play in my own mind about myself.
Saying NO is very important in business. This will always be a true and necessary, especially if you are starting your own business. I am a big list person. But I believe however you want to manage your to-dos, do it! Of course, you will get hit with other stuff along the day but having an organized approach to your tasks will provide: a) some gratification to see what was accomplished, b) what else is left for you to do, and c) a measuring rod for effectiveness and time management. That last one is important. If your feel ineffective or like most of your day is wasted, take a deep dive, and find out why. Maybe you need to say no more often.