My husband and cousin Sally are the best at it, but I have others. The Jericho Girls, my Bible study Sista-Girls, Oh, and there’s always my wise, MIL. Each one speaking life to me. Many times their advice includes the word, “No.” You see, successful leaders need people who can encourage but most importantly, we need advisors who can say, no, with honestly.
My ideas are best when bounced off wisdom. Hearing the word no, helps me prosper.
Some of my most recent favorites:
“Dawna, you have grand ideas, but this one…not so much.”
“Wow, what an idea!” (Her eyes roll and her tone sarcastic.)
““I wouldn’t go in that direction. You are better off to…”
And my most favorite…drum roll please…
“Now that’s just GAY!” (Of course meaning lighthearted and too carefree.)
Thank you to all my advisors who give me an honest “No” when needed. You are my lifelines. Yep, more no less yes. Exactly what I need.