The word is...NO.
One of the secrets of great leaders is they have learned to say "no" to most things. Listen to what Steve Jobs said.
"People think focus means saying yes to the things you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to a 1,000 things."
Saying "no" has just as much, if not more power than saying "yes." Why? Saying "no" allows you to say "yes" to what is most important. But saying "yes" can keep you from what is most important.
Saying no allows you to do what only you can do.
Saying no allows you to be productive instead of just busy.
Saying no allows you to avoid doing what doesn't line up with you ministry's mission.
Saying no allows you to spend your time with the people that you should be spending your time with.
Saying no allows you to focus on your strengths.
Saying no allows you to do a few things with excellence instead of doing a lot of things with mediocrity.
Saying no helps you keep your personal and family life in balance.
Saying no means avoiding something good so something great can happen.
How do you determine what to say no to?
In this post, I share steps that will help you know what to say "no" to and what to say "yes" to.