When making a decision, always keep your goal in mind. Even though an opportunity sounds good on paper, if it doesn’t align with your goal that can be an instant deal breaker.
Saying no to good opportunities is about forecasting and thinking bigger. If you say yes to this small thing, you’ll already be committed and have to say no if a bigger and better thing comes along, so looking ahead and doing a gut check will help you decide.
Saying no will get easier with the more opportunities you are given, because you’ll have more to benchmark against and from experience, you’ll be better equipped to predict the outcomes.
Our standards for what makes a good opportunity are raised over time with the more we say yes to. Something you were excited about last year might be an instant ‘no’ now because you’ve already done it, so are ready for bigger and better things.