Leadership Lesson #24: Just Say No

The simplest definition of leadership is influencing others to do something while working towards a common goal or agenda. In 2022, I’m focusing on becoming a better leader in all areas of my life. As I grow, I’m sharing lessons and stories along the way. Thanks for tuning in and I hope something I share resonates with you in your leadership (influence) journey. 

Have you ever found yourself burning the candle at both ends? Many times this happens when we don’t set boundaries and prioritize what’s most important. Whether it’s juggling a mile long to-do list or filling our days with nothing but busyness, we can find ourselves in a state of burn out. At that point, we are much less valuable in our contributions because we don’t have the mental or physical energy to do our best. It’s as these times that we must take a step back and learn the value in just saying no. 

Every need is not a call to action. It may be a call to action for someone else. There are times when delegating tasks and assignments is necessary. If we look around us, there are those who are equipped and waiting for us to give them an opportunity to help. 

Sometimes it’s difficult to say no if we are attached to being busy and don’t know how to set healthy boundaries. We thrive off the adrenaline of knowing our schedule and calendar is full. We’ve gotten so used to not having any downtime that when it’s available, we find something else to do. Setting priorities according to your values is beneficial. 

If you find yourself always rushing and pressed for time or just simply frustrated and burned out, it might be a good time to slow down and just say no. 

~Coletta Jones Patterson

Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. She hosts a beyond stuck podcast and has written seven inspirational books. Connect with Coletta at info@moveu4ward.com. 

One thought on “Leadership Lesson #24: Just Say No

  1. This right here… yeah, you know you’re talking about me at different phases and stages of life, right? Thank God I can recognize when I’m sliding towards imbalance and I can course correct much sooner now.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s