Find Time to Respect Yourself-When No Means Yes to You!

As we find time to reflect and round out 2011, I have enjoyed using the following 3 quotations as a springboard.

Today let’s take a closer look at that second of the three:

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.  Dr. Seuss

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.  Abraham Joshua Heschel

I am only one; but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I still can do something.  I will not refuse to do the something I can do. Helen Keller

When it comes to being able to really, fundamentally respect yourself and your goals, knowing when to say no to yourself is one of the best skills you can cultivate. And this is a boundary skill.

So often we think of boundaries as having to do with other people.  Those are external boundaries, and your skillfulness at setting and maintaining them will help you find the time you need relative to others.

You also need strong internal boundaries to support you in your life’s journey.  Internal boundaries are relative to YOU and involve things like how much TV you watch or how much time you spend on the internet.  These are time choices that involve you alone.

While we tend to think of “Yes” as an affirmative response, when it comes to your goals and time priorities, I encourage you to reframe each “No” as an affirmation.  That’s because attaining your goals and being true to yourself most likely involves the discipline of saying No to many, many distractions along the way.

Remember the proverb:  “If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.”  So, respect yourself and the goals that you value with each and every affirmative “No.”

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