There is one simple word in the English language that provides enormous personal power.
Any time you employ this word, the positive feeling you receive is almost automatic.
Use the word too infrequently, and you'll be saddled with obligations you can't fulfill. Use it frequently, and you'll be rewarded with a higher quality of life.
More peace. More joy. More of what you really want.
What is the word?
It is the word "no."
Lately, I've been saying "no" a lot. For instance, I've said no to television. It's been lying dormant in the garage for a week, and will be gone for good shortly.
I've said no to the newspaper and magazines. I don't get them anymore.
I've said no to many of my books. In fact, this past year, I've unloaded over 200 of them... because... I finally got honest with myself. Many books I've acquired I know I will never read. So I got rid of them--I unloaded 82 of them at the library today. (Not to worry; my personal library is still hundreds of books strong.)
I've said no to coffee. After drinking 2-3 mugs a day, I've not had coffee for nearly a week. I intend not to drink it anymore. The headaches were annoying, but I'm past those now. What's more, drinking coffee in the morning is one less thing I'm beholden to.
I've said no to certain copywriting projects, social obligations, etc. The list goes on.
Learn how to say no. It'll slowly but surely change your life.
P.S. The difference in my children's attitudes since getting rid of TV has been nothing short of amazing. They're more creative, more focused, more pleasant to be around. Should never have allowed TV back into our lives three years ago... and should've ditched it sooner.
P.P.S. James Brausch agrees. Read "The Power of No" here.