Saying no is one of the hardest things for me. My natural inclination is to commit to everything. In the past month alone, I’ve been extended an opportunity to join a bible study, act in a sitcom, coach a boys basketball team and lead a business organization. My desire is to say yes to everything! But I can’t. If I did them all, I would be an emotional wreck.

So how do I decide what I’m able to take on?

It’s either “Hell Yeah!” or “No”

This is advice I learned from entrepreneur, Derek Sivers. He subjects his decisions to the “Hell Yeah!” or “No” principal. Essentially: If an opportunity comes along and the feeling is anything less than,”Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!”, then the answer is “No.”

What I love about this concept is that not only does it place a filter on the decision-making process, but it frees up my time for “Hell Yeah” opportunities later down the road. One of the worst feelings is having to turn down a great opportunity because of other — less “Hell Yeah”— commitments.

So yeah, I get it, saying no is hard, but it’s part of being a good steward — and when done well, it’s the most liberating thing in the world.