• Sarah Bogdanski

Why I Turned Down an Invite to the Olympics

Updated: Feb 8


Two weeks ago, I made a really, really, REALLY difficult decision. I turned down an invite to the Olympic games in Rio. Yeah, I know. Trust me, it was not easy to say no to this. And while I've had moments of questioning whether or not I made the right choice, deep down I know I did.

You see, since I started my business, there’s been a new skill I’ve had to learn and whip out quite frequently: the ability to say NO.

And saying no hasn't been easy for someone who has typically been a “Yes!” person. Throughout my life, I’ve had lots of success, adventures, and unforgettable moments by saying yes to things.

But since becoming an entrepreneur, I've had to learn to say no more than ever. Juggling a corporate job and a business on the side leaves one with very little time. So, I’ve turned down many social engagements, TV watching, and anything that's taken time to run my business and service my clients.

And trust me, it hasn’t been easy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt bad to miss things I really wanted to attend, like birthday parties, brunch with friends, and even have weekends to sleep in, chill, and do absolutely nothing. I can't even remember what sleeping in is like!

This is where focus and dedication come in when you are passionate about something.

Right now, I’m working on some really aggressive personal and professional goals, and also have several commitments that I wasn’t comfortable breaking or putting off. And when I assessed whether going to Rio right now would make sense or not, it wouldn’t have. This summer, I've had to decide what to say yes to and what to say no to. I've said yes to attending 5 weddings of people we care about, a weeklong vacation to totally unplug, and taking on more professional projects that will pay off in the long run. By taking all this on and saying yes to these priorities, it means conversely saying no to things that aren't as important and part of my big picture plan.

While a difficult choice, going to Rio and blowing off my commitments back home would have gone against values I hold dear to my heart, like dedication, dependability, and commitment. The cost of going against my word to others, and especially to myself during this crucial time, wasn’t worth it.

To be successful, you must be hyper-focused on your goals and not allow things that do not serve it to get in the way.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t experience some slight FOMO in seeing all these cool posts on my Instagram feed from the Games. But I'm happy knowing I'm tracking on hitting my goals and being committed to the things and people that take a higher priority right now.

The good news is, other exciting opportunities and invitations will come my way, and at better timing. While learning to say no as I've become an entrepreneur, there's something I've also learned along the way: that there is infinite abundance and opportunity.

What are you dedicated to in your life right now? Have you had to say no to certain things because of it? Share below!

#Goals #Passion #Entrepreneurship #Focus

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