PP 425: I’m Never Going to the Grocery Store Again… With My Kids

We all need to be smart about the ways we spend our time and sanity, and tonight my littles gave me full proof that taking them to the grocery with me is…. Not smart. Listen as I share the story, and why I will be changing my grocery shopping procedure drastically!

We all need to be smart about the ways we spend our time and sanity, and @thekimsutton’s littles gave her full proof that taking them to the grocery was…. Not smart. Listen as she shares the decisions that came as a result: https://www.thekimsutton.com/pp425 #positiveproductivity #podcastClick To Tweet

Episode Transcription

Today is the day I want you to stop being afraid of the word “no”. I don’t know about you, but I have been afraid of the word “no” from my whole life and just since I started this podcast, have I really been able to embrace the word and use it freely. Let me give you a few examples. Starting with my kids, in case you haven’t listened before I have five. They are constantly asking for things. “Mom, can I have candy? Mom, can I have donuts? Mom, will you buy me this? Mom, can you take me here? Mom, can you take me there?” Just no.

First off, candy’s going to rot your teeth and you shouldn’t be eating it for every meal. So maybe child, if you eat your vegetables then you might be able to get dessert and I may or may not have bought candy at the store. And child who wants to be driven somewhere, did you talk to me about it beforehand? If not, no. Yes, it’s amazing to be a mompreneur and working at home. But just because I am working here does not mean that I am a child chauffeur and then I can drive kids everywhere they want to go all the time. By starting to tell the kids no, they have realized that they have to do things in order to get things. And that’s how it is for us too, if we don’t do our job, we don’t get paid. If the kids don’t eat their vegetables, they don’t get dessert.

If they don’t schedule time into my calendar for when they want to go hang out with friends, then they’re not getting a ride. I’m sorry child, but that’s just the way it is. And the same has had to go for clients as well. Did you schedule time into my calendar because I’m sorry, my calendar’s full. Actually, I’m not really sorry. I don’t know why, but I say it so much, but no, I do not have time to talk to you right now and I also don’t have time to work on that project. But if you want to schedule time in for me to work on it later this week or next week, then sure, I’ll be happy to accommodate you.

For the first three and a half years of my business, I was saying yes to everything and as a result I was getting stressed out. I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t eating. I was barely using the restroom. The word “yes” can be our worst enemy and we have to learn how to embrace the word “no” like it’s our best friend. The word “no” opens up so many yeses in our future. It opens up so many opportunities and the only way we can allow ourself time, mental space, calendar space for all of those big yeses in the future is to embrace the word “no” now. So I want to challenge you again, to today stop being afraid of the word “no”. If you’re driving in your car right now, or if you’re working in your office and you are afraid of the word “no”, then I want you to say it five to 10 times right now, like you mean it. If you’re at the gym, you might not want to start shouting the word no out because you might scare some people. They might think you’re having a heart attack, but I want you when you get into your car. But I want you, when you get into your car to embrace it, shout it. Let the world know that “no” is your new word. So join me. Stop being afraid of the word “no” and let’s go forward together and make it a positive and productive day.