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  • Mary Foley

[7 Critical Mindset Shifts] OMG Yes or Hell No

Is it just me or has your schedule suddenly gone from quiet quarantine to crazy pants calendar - blown up with in person networking events, social gatherings, vacation travel, and more?!

One of my friends has 9 weddings to go to in the next 5 months. That’s in addition to business travel. Wow, that’s a lot of outfits! 🤩

Another friend will be away nearly 3 weeks straight for postponed family events. 👪

According to this TSA chart, nearly 4 times more people are going through TSA checkpoints right now than last year at this time. That’s quite an uptick. ✈️

And then there’s your inbox. Are more people reaching out to you with a new business idea, offer, or opportunity? And not just random pitches, but authentic pivots on their end that make you stop and go “Hmmm”?

Practically everyone I talk to is experiencing “post” pandemic summer swirl. And for the most part, I love the new enthusiasm and excitement.

But, after a year of limited options where I thought about what really mattered most, there’s a part of me that isn’t interested in being as busy or returning to the same activities. It feels almost blasphemous to think I’d rather go ride my bike!

“Say no easily and often” is one of the 7 critical mindset shifts for women entrepreneurs going forward that I share in my new guide From Now On. Because as women, we often suck at saying at no and we pay the price in time, energy, dreams and desires.

So, I offer a simple, but super effective way to turn down invites that I call the No Sandwich. Debbie H said "my biggest takeaway was your tip on how to say no without giving a big explanation and telling them their event will be a great success.”

The No Sandwich is how you can say no to others.

But how do you figure out which invites, activities or ideas to say yes or no to YOURSELF?

That’s been my recent dilemma and wanted to share this mindset addendum that I’ve landed on:

It’s either OMG Yes or Hell No!

It’s a bit edgy, but I bet it will provoke you to make more selective decisions.

You are either super excited to do something (like how I felt snagging tickets to see Santana in person at a local, close up venue. OMG, can’t wait!).

Or, you need to be honest with yourself that you’re not excited at all. It just feels draining. So, let’s not do this, okay?

I realize not every decision can be so clear and simple. I’m sure my friend who is going to 9 weddings isn’t as equally excited about all of them.

But by asking yourself “Is this a OMG Yes or Hell No?” I bet you will add more activities to your calendar that personally matter and less that don’t.

Here’s to your own OMG Yes summer of fun!


If you are looking for some guidance to make this year your best yet, check out my free guide From Now On: 7 Critical Mindset Shifts for Women Entrepreneurs Going Forward.


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