Just Say No to the Good Stuff
So You Can Say Yes to the Best Stuff
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, our goal is to build solid leaders. While building leaders we also fix cars that have been in accidents, have hail damage, or need to be repainted for whatever reason. During our journey we study leadership from a variety of authors, by participating in a variety of workshops, and by practicing what we have learned in the workplace. One of those authors that we admire is John C. Maxwell.
“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” – John C. Maxwell
There are a ton of leadership quotes out there. They’re inspirational, they’re catchy, and they’re easy to copy and paste into a blog post about leadership in an auto body repair shop. But without a little explanation, how much good are these quotes doing?
Learn to Say “No”
Most people will say that they don’t really care what other people think of them. But then if you take a good look at their lives, they truly do care what people think of them. Now we aren’t talking about style choices, many people really couldn’t care less if you thought their plaid shirt is ugly. We are talking about overall reputation and view as a decent human being. Most of us want others to think highly of us, and to view us as good, generous, kind, people.
Because we want our reputation to be shone upon in a good light, we can get into a little bit of trouble. We can have trouble saying “no.”
Learning to say “no” is harder than it seems because saying “no” isn’t always straightforward. On one hand, there is saying “no” to drinking and driving because that is overall just a bad choice. On the other hand, there is saying “no” to that second slice of pie because you’re already stuffed and you wouldn’t get any enjoyment from the pie. On the third hand, there is saying “no” to a good thing, because there is something better coming along.
That final “no” is where things get tricky. Let’s break this down into something applicable to our lives.
- Say “no” to 3 short vacations so you can take one long vacation.
- Say “no” to working late tonight so you can have dinner with the family (even if it means getting up early tomorrow).
- Say “no” to the 2015 Honda Accord so you can get the 2016 version in a few months.
- Say “no” to having steak every night so you can have filet mignon on Friday.
Essentially, it’s putting off the little pleasures and the little gains, so that you can have a big win later. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean live like a pauper every day and deny yourself EVERY little bit of pleasure, but rather put off the good things so you can have the best things.
When you analyze this, know that one best thing is far more valuable than many good things.
Say “Yes” to the Best
The hardest part about saying “no” to the good is that the best can be still unknown. This especially applies in a business sense.
Let’s suppose your company is in desperate need of a sales associate. You put out an ad, and you have a dozen or so applications come in. You start interviewing, and you see a lot of good applicants. But you haven’t found one that fits your criteria as the best. In fact, you won’t even know that one until he or she walks through the door. You have to say “no” to a lot of good salespeople, in order to hold off for the best… not knowing if the best will even apply.
In our personal lives, we have a set of standards. Too often we compromise on those standards because something “good enough” comes along. The idea behind saying “no” to the good is so that you can have the best.
Are you settling for less than what you deserve? Are you taking the good because it’s here now, even though the best might be coming down the line?
Big Sky Collision Center is the Best
Our goal here at Big Sky Collision is to make sure that your car is touched by those who care deeply. We want to make sure that you get the best service, so that your car is expertly repaired, and you have a vehicle that is safe for the road. The way that we do that is we have leaders who take ownership of the work that they do. The end result is that you get nothing but the best.
Are you ready to have your car repaired by the best?
Are you ready to have your vehicle painted by an expert crew?
Are you ready to have your car detailed by someone who details every vehicle as if it were his own?
Then call us at 406-259-6328 to learn more and schedule a time!