What ‘no’ will get you to ‘yes’?

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This is the 10-year anniversary of the newsletter. That’s 120 newsletters.

This month I’ll post my 1,300th blog post.

It’s something I’m very, very proud of – perhaps what I’m most proud of persisting at this past decade. And I’m grateful for you reading these words. If you weren’t here, I wouldn’t be either.

This kind of persistence comes at a cost though. Something else had to be given up in order to write each word I wrote. Again and again I had to say no to something enticing or demanding or relaxing or meaningless enough to not have fear attached to it.

There is something you want to do, isn’t there? There is something meaningful to you, something that will be helpful to others. Something that will make your world and the worlds you intersect with a better place.

There’s lots of persistent work to be done to make that something to come into fruition. But now, what’s even more important?

The seed of that something is going to need to some space to begin to grow. You’re going to need to say no to something else. Something is going to have to be left behind. The journey ahead is long, and you’re going to need to travel light.

We have a fascination with the TV show Hoarders. How can people compulsively hold onto so many things that are no longer important?

How, indeed? You and I? We’re also hoarders of something. What am I holding on to that is no longer important, no longer helpful to my work? What are you?

What can you say no to that will clear the space to do the most important work you were meant to do this year and beyond?

What ‘no’ will get you to ‘yes’ – to being the change you so want to see in the world?

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