What is the #1 regret from a person that's about to die? Fun question, huh? Interesting, though, and something that may help us all with a little time left on this earth. This is from an Australian study and the #1 death bed regret is.... they wished they had lived a life more true to themselves instead of what people expected of them.
Yep, that was ahead of working harder at their career and even ahead of spending more time with family.
What is the key to living a life more true to yourself? One word: No. The word "no" is something most of us struggle with. We are people pleasers. We want to please our spouse, friends, and especially our boss.
Greg McKeown, author of “Essentialism,” says if you have a boss other than yourself, learn how to say "no." Of course, most of us interested in keeping our job have a hard time thinking of a nice way to say that two-letter word, but not saying no could hurt you in the long run.
"Yes" can be a productivity killer. The more we take on, the less focused we are on important things.
So how do you say "no" without getting fired? For example, if your boss wants you to take on a new project, ask which of the other tasks can be de-prioritized so that you can devote your full effort to the new project.
He also suggests saying no to:
The result is better focus on the things that really matter.
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