Episode #193: How to Say No

Aug 04, 2022

Saying “No” — and sticking to it — is a skill that it has taken me years to (almost) master. Although it can feel a little uncomfortable to draw boundaries, this skill absolutely vital to have in your toolbox as a business owner, and especially as a mompreneur. Chances are, much of your time is spent serving other peoples’ agendas, from creating no-bake cheesecake bars for the bake sale to serving on a Board of Directors for a community organization… and this is on top of driving to swim practice, picking up from sleepovers, or doing the weekly grocery shop!

With such a limited amount of time available to us, we MUST ensure that we are taking on the tasks and opportunities that are worth our time and energy. And when it comes to our businesses, we need to make sure that we’re saying “Yes!” to the tasks and opportunities that are most aligned with our goals — and in order to do that, we can’t let ourselves be caught up with projects and clients that aren’t serving our greater purpose.    

Remember: when one door closes, a million doors open!

This episode is all about creating more time freedom in your schedule, and learning how to recognize and leverage the amount of choice you actually have in how you spend your time (great news: you have more choice than you realize!). BONUS: I also share a script that will help you politely decline the not-portunities that come your way.


In‌ ‌this‌ ‌episode,‌ ‌you’ll discover:‌ ‌

  • How to avoid common collaboration pitfalls — and what to keep in mind as you consider partnerships or guest appearances
  • Which clients you need to learn to walk away from (and how leaving them behind can help you connect with your best-fit clients!)
  • How to say “No” to tasks INSIDE of your business that aren’t within your zone of genius


Timestamps:‌ ‌

00:32  Intro & listener spotlight

02:22  168 hours a week

05:25  You have more choice than you realize!

07:30  Would you like more time freedom?

09:26  Clarity & difficult choices

 10:20  Non-dream clients

 14:09  Not-portunities

 17:08  Shiny Object Syndrome

 19:00  Tasks outside our zone of genius

21:14  Your three key areas

23:34  Recap

25:48  Rejection script

31:03  What do YOU need to say no to?

33:33  Your next best action


Links mentioned:‌

A-Players Rapid Impact Business Coaching Experience 

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

Building a Joyful Business


Learn with me: Building a Joyful Business

‌Connect with me:  

Facebook: @liannekimcoach

Instagram: @liannekimcoach


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