My last post was about accepting various opportunities. This time, I’m writing about saying no. I usually have a hard time saying no when things come my way. I love new experiences and feel that if I’m presented with an opportunity, it’s for a good reason. So, I usually say yes.
However, saying yes isn’t always the best response. I have a lot on my plate these days. I am nearing the end of my 300-hour yoga teacher training program. I have a lot of work and assignments that I need to complete. I’m starting to teach three yoga classes within the next few weeks. I am also writing for a skincare website called OWN; I am on deadline.
When another writing opportunity came up, I immediately jumped at the chance. I thought “I can do this!” and I did give it my best shot. But, I was way too stressed. I was being pulled in way too many directions and it was all my fault. I didn’t feel satisfied with my work, since I always give 110% of myself. After a quick chat with my husband, I decided that the last opportunity wasn’t going to work out. It wasn’t an easy decision for me to make. I don’t like to say no.
During this process, I had been emailing my meditation teacher, Jennifer Hamilton, for one of my writing assignments. I told her what was going on. She wrote “I guess you could chalk this up to a learning experience! Part of that is learning your limits and know what is okay for you and what is not. Not every “opportunity” is golden unfortunately….and learning when to say no is just as important as learning when to say yes.”
I’m still chewing on her wise words. What about you? Do you usually say yes or no?