Be deliberate with your time and resources

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are, and have the courage – pleasantly, smiling, non-apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside.”

— Stephen Covey

This principle is about aligning your time and resources with actions that will help you accomplish your goals. It is about identifying what you should say “yes” to and what you should say “no” to. It is about disciplining yourself to focus your time versus letting activity, commitments, and daily life overwhelm you.

Pick a couple areas over 31 days to be very deliberate on what you will say “no” to and what you will say “yes” to because it will help you accomplish your goals.  

Are there events, activities, or commitments that you say “yes” to purely out of obligation? Are there responsibilities you have struggled with because they do not bring you energy, joy, or passion?

Are there people in your life that drain your energy just by spending time with them? These are all areas to seriously examine and to evaluate when to say “yes” and when to say “no.”  

Practical examples of Principle #2

  • Establish actions and behaviors to say “yes” to
  • Establish actions and behaviors to say “no” to

Another way to live this principle is being deliberate on where you spend your money. Being deliberate with your resources not only includes an assessment of where you spend your time, but also where you spend your money. 

This principle is about being realistic about your needs and wants. It is about making short-term sacrifices for long-term goals. It is about maximizing the value of your dollars and cents. It is about controlling your time and money versus letting it control you.