Say No To Say Yes

Why No Is The Key To A Fulfilling Life

Our lives are packed with activities. From kids birthday parties to church obligations, your time is being pulled in a million different directions. Everyone wants a piece of you and your time!

No sign on the side of a brick building

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This tension for your time distracts you from what your heart desires and longs to do. You probably long to spend more time:

  • With your spouse
  • Playing with your dog (I know I do!)
  • Watching your son play baseball
  • Getting healthier
  • Reading or watching enriching content
  • Enjoying a non-fiction book or movie
  • Fixing that leaking sink that’s bothered you for months
  • Working on a side hustle
  • Learning a new skill

Yet you can’t get to these things you long to do when you continually say yes to everyone else. You have to set aside your desires and longings to fulfill the desires of those you say yes to.

The Best Work-Life Balance Tips

While you can’t completely balance your work and outside life, you can do many things to make them more balanced. You can find more time to spend with your wife and children. You can find ways to go to the concerts and movies you so enjoyed going to before the weight of leadership took over. And you can find more margin in your life to do more work.

Tips to balance your life

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The choices you’ll have to make will tip the teeter-totter of balance one way or the other. Yet you can figure out the balance that works for your life.

By using the work-life balance tips below, you’ll discover the extra margin for family, friends, and even business!

The Best Work-Life Balance Tips

1. Choose your priorities:

Do you know what truly matters in your life? If you don’t know what matters to you, you can’t create balance in those areas.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Ant-Man And The Wasp

A Reel Leadership Article

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly return in the 20th Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Ant-Man And The Wasp. In this outing, The Wasp (played by Evangeline Lilly) and her father Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) are in search of Janet Van Dyne (the original Wasp portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer), their mother/wife.

What Ant-Man and the Wasp can teach you about leadership

Their search began anew when Scott Lang (Ant-Man) returned from the Quantum Realm, a feat thought impossible. Janet had been trapped in the Quantum Realm for 30 years. They now had the hope she could be alive.

During their search, they run across new threats including a black market arms dealer named Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) and Ghost/Ava Starr (Hannah John-Kamen). These threats hamper their rescue efforts and create fun action scenes you’ll love to watch.

How To Maintain Good Personal Relationships When You’re Busy Leading

Relationships Matter

Man, being a leader makes you busy. When I begin to think of all the things on my plate, I begin to wonder how I’m able to fit everything into my week.

From leading youth to leading in the workplace to writing this blog to taking care of my body and relationships, life is busy.

Maintaining personal relationships while leading is important

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Do you feel the same way? Does your work ever feel like it’s creeping into your relationships even though you’d rather it didn’t?

I’m guessing that’s the case. You feel overwhelmed because of your leadership responsibilities. And you feel the strain on your relationships.

But what can you do to maintain good personal relationships when you’re busy leading? There’s a few things I want you to focus on. Applying these actions to the relationships in your life will help you maintain a balance between work and personal relationships.

Great Leaders Draw Lines In The Sand

One thing I look for in a leader worth following is whether or not they’re willing to draw a line in the sand for the right reasons.

To the average person, this may seem odd. Why would someone want someone leading them who does this?

Are you drawing lines in the sand?

For me, the answer is easy.

By drawing a line in the sand, this type of leader is telling you what they believe. You know where they stand and what they’ll take.

Why Leaders Must Be Willing To Draw The Line

Leadership is a relationship with people. Leaders interact with people. Leaders push and prod and guide people.

They also have to set boundaries. That’s really what drawing a line is all about.

When a leader draws a line, he’s saying: This is what I believe. This is what I will accept. This is how far we will go.