"The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials."
- Lin Yutang
I have a really hard time saying no.
Like, a really, really hard time.
I like to please people. I like to have different options. I like to learn and grow.
In 2017, I read a great book called "Essentialism: The disciplined pursuit of less" by Gregory McKeown. Essentially, it's the idea of less but better.
Since that time, I have been trying to be conscious of the things I say yes to and have attempted to muster up the courage to give more nos.
Recently, I had to give a really hard no.
At my school, we are currently without a track coach. The opening has been there all year and it's been something I've been interested in. Many of our kids have told me "if you don't coach track, I'm not running."
It fits my overall mission: to continue to love on those kids and inspire them to keep unlocking their greatest potential. It would also push me out of my comfort zone, something I am passionate about doing.
But here's the thing: I didn't run track myself.
So, I began to think about all of the time I would have to put in to learn the fundamentals of this new sport: to put together practice plans and workouts, the travel to the meets, the information for parents, the schedule, team standards and procedures...the list soon became long. I began to see that saying yes to track and those kids would actually mean saying no to so many other things in my life.
"Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it is about how to get the right things done. It doesn't just mean doing less for the sake of less, either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential."
Do you have a hard time saying no?
Do you feel like you're being pulled in a million directions?
Are you lacking momentum?
It may be time to start trimming away the excess in your life. It may be time to give a really hard no.