The Power of NO!

The past few weeks have been an interesting one - several opportunities came about that, in my youth, I would not have hesitated to say "yes" to. However, I'd like to think that as I'm maturing, wisdom and clarity of my priorities now prevail.

The first was that of a business meeting with a member from a business networking group. The lady represented a big corporate that could have possibly presented me with new opportunities for my self-defence business. However, she had requested meetings 3 times before, all of which she cancelled at the 11th hour. On this 4th request to meet, I promptly told her "no thanks", as my impression of her previous behaviour was not positive at all. My time is valuable and so is everyone else's. So, respect my time, and I'll respect yours!

Secondly, I had the honour of once again being selected to be a member of the South African National Kendo Team and to fight at a forthcoming International competition! The last time I competed internationally was at the European Kendo Championships in Macedonia in 2016. Since then, I have stopped competing and focused purely on training to obtain my 5th Dan grading (which I did earlier this year). Surprisingly, I was selected after last week's Kendo team trails, which I attended to see if I could get back into the competition groove again! Anyway, after much deliberation, I decided NOT to take up the opportunity to once again represent my country at this year's EKC in Serbia.

Thirdly, last week my son needed an urgent dental procedure done on him that will require him to be sedated. I wanted to be there for him no matter what. However, I was currently doing my dream job of being part of a Bruce Lee-inspired TV series that was being filmed in Cape Town! Although it was only an action-extra role (AE), it did give me an opportunity to train with the stunt guys and be part of the action sequences! What better job than being able to train martial arts AND get paid for it AND have it possibly being recorded on FILM that gets televised across the world (yup, that's my ego talking)! However, as enticing as it was, my top priority of family still trumped this dream-job and I flew out mid-week that week so that I can be with my son for his procedure.

And to top it off, I was OK with it all! Having clarity of my priorities and goals definitely helps. Moral of the story, the power of "NO" is empowering! I think I'm going to say "NO" more often from now on!

#cuc #continuousuninterruptedclarity #livinglegacy #dadsagainstbullying #dadsagainstbullying #sakf #team #kendo #bni #dentist #warrior #hbo

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