Learn to say “no” to requests. Make each moment count, don’t simply count the moments.
Each of us is a leader. We lead in our space; we lead in our 20 square feet. As leaders, we strive to serve those in our 20 square feet.
One of my biggest challenges is saying “no” when I’m asked to attend events, take meetings, and speak to groups. I love my job; I love talking education. I am committed to engaging our students, team members, and community. Nevertheless, it is simply impossible to attend every event or meeting. In order for me to be effective, in order to give my time and attention to the events I attend, saying “no” is necessary from time to time.
It’s difficult as a servant leader to say “no” but it is required of us. We must maintain our health, the balance in our lives, if we are to serve at our best. We must be present . . . be in the moment . . . when we commit to events. Stretching ourselves too thin, rushing through our days without ever really connecting, isn’t effective service. Simply attending isn’t service; physical attendance is much different than devoting our full attention. Make each moment count . . . don’t simply count the moments.