The Power of NO February 14, 2018 by Sarah HellerWhat can you offer others? What are your talents? To help others, you must first be aware of what you’re good at and what you’re meant to do. It’s not about selflessness: It’s about self-discovery. This is something I have struggled with for years. I am always the first one to step up and help others. I volunteer a lot in my community and our local school. You could say I have a problem saying “no.” Can I really be helpful if I’m pulled in so many directions? If I am not 100% committed to the cause, is it benefiting them? I know now I must apply myself where my strengths and talents are most utilized. For instance, I am the President of our local Youth Hockey Association. It is something I am truly invested in because all three of my children play hockey and my husband coaches. I’m 100% committed. I utilize my skills in organizing and planning and have a passion to grow the association. I have also applied this to my business. I provide leadership to others and give them the support they need to become successful. I help others become healthy from within. But, I must have the ability to say “no” when it doesn’t align with my goals. It’s ok to say NO. It is hard to say NO. Saying NO helps you give yourself completely. In many ways, this is the roadmap to follow the age-old advice to do what you love. Believe in the “why” behind whatever it is you do. You must believe you’re doing something meaningful. Or what’s the point?