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The Power of No

Last week, Dr. Oz had a physician, Dr. Sue Varma, on his show who detailed the health challenges that befall certain personality types (What does your personality reveal about your health?). For example, Type C folks often bottle up their feelings, and potentially shave years off their lives because they refuse to say no to others because they want to please them. Saying yes to people or situations that warrant a “no,” can also have an impact beyond health.

I am an unabashed optimist who believes in embracing opportunity, which usually comes from saying yes to something: a last-minute speaking engagement, guest blog post, or a chance to submit an article. The problem is that we sometimes say yes to others, when we would gain more power (personal and professional) from just saying no.

Sometimes turning down an opportunity is the best thing to do.
Sometimes turning down an opportunity is the best thing to do.

Recently, I had two opportunities, one professional and the other personal, presented to me. Let me address the work-related one, which would have allowed me to practice my professional strengths. There is no doubt that I would have enjoyed my work. I ultimately decided not to pursue the opportunity because my intuition signaled that it would interfere with other professional opportunities that may have presented themselves after committing to the engagement.  Making the decision to decline was initially a hard one, but one that I did not regret because another, better opportunity came along one week later.

I am not suggesting that you turn down opportunities, willy-nilly, that could potentially lead to great experiences.

The point of the Power of No is that when we take time to think decisions through thoroughly, peacefully, and with a sense of clarity, we sometimes realize that saying yes to something that we should really decline could interfere with better opportunities that are more beneficial for us.

That’s the Power of No.

Note: This blog post originally appeared on the first Ask The Strategist site on April 12, 2013.

About the Blogger: Kesi Stribling

Kesi Stribling, Editor, Ask The Strategist
Kesi Stribling, Editor, Ask The Strategist

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Stress got you down? Harvard panel says you’re not alone

Seinfeld fans may recall George Costanza’s stress reduction mantra Serenity, now! This outburst momentarily relieved him of stress caused by his interfering and embarrassing parents. While we can laugh at the hijinks that cause frustration for the popular sitcom’s character, stress isn’t much fun in real life.

 

The Health Burden of Stress in America at Harvard. Photo Credit: Thomas Earle
The Health Burden of Stress in America at Harvard. Credit: Thomas Earle

 

Apparently, speakers during Wednesday’s Harvard School of Public Health forum, The Health Burden of Stress: What We Can Do About It, agree. The program highlighted findings in The Burden of Stress in America poll, and the short and long-term impact that stress has on people. The panelists included Robert Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School; Kristin Schubert, senior program officer and team director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Gregory Fricchione, associate chief of psychiatry and director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital; and, Joshua Riff, medical director and director of health and well-being at Target Corporation.

The Burden of Stress in America poll, conducted by the program’s sponsors, HSPH, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and National Public Radio, revealed that 25% of respondents experience high levels of stress. The main stressors, according to Blendon when citing the poll’s statistics are health issues and low pay.

I don’t think that most Americans would be surprised to find that so many respondents experience constant and long-term stress, no matter the causes. With so many demands, real and imagined, sometimes we are overwhelmed and stressed out. The alarming result of all those irritations can have a long-lasting impact on physical and emotional health.

Read the entire Harvard Gazette article about the forum

View video from the forum

Talk back to us: What stresses you out and what do you do to ease your frustration? Leave your reply below.

About the Blogger: Kesi Stribling

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American Heart Month Culminates with DC Heart Ball

Across the country, chapters of the American Heart Association are raising awareness about heart health, disease prevention, and tips for getting healthy overall during American Heart Month.

The Greater Washington Region of the American Heart Association will culminate American Heart Month by honoring local Heart Heroes during the DC Heart Ball in the Nation’s Capital on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

Listen to our interview with leadership from the Greater Washington Region of the American Heart Association on  The Strategy Sessions radio show on Tuesday, February 18, 2014,  or download the podcast on iTunes. Dr. Todd Villines and Cheryl Campbell  share event highlights, and the impact the organization has on promoting heart health and preventive measures in the greater Washington, DC area.

 

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WHO:

Todd Villines, MD, Director of Cardiovascular Research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center & President-Elect of the Board of Directors, American Heart Association –  Greater Washington Region

Cheryl Campbell, Senior Vice President, Health & Compliance Programs, CGI & 2014 DC Heart Ball Executive Leadership

Kesi Stribling, Host, The Strategy Sessions radio show & CEO/Chief Strategist, KSG Strategic Consulting

WHAT:

The Strategy Sessions Radio Show

Episode: American Heart Month Culminates with DC Heart Ball (http://tobtr.com/s/6073203)

WHEN:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)

LISTEN:

Listen LIVE or download the podcast on iTunes by visiting http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thestrategysessions.

Listeners may call into the show studio with questions for Cheryl Campbell or Dr. Todd Villines at (347) 539-5143, email talkback@ksgsc.com, or post questions on http://www.facebook.com/thestrategysessions. Twitter hashtag #TheStrategySessions.

Online Links:

American Heart Association

Greater Washington Region – AHA

DC Heart Ball

Young Professionals Group – PULSE

GWR on Facebook

GWR on Twitter

ABOUT THE STRATEGY SESSIONS

TSSLogo2013Originally a virtual interview started in 2005 featuring local leaders in business, The Strategy Sessions has evolved into a respected radio show on BlogTalkRadio that features top strategists in business, entrepreneurship, careers, youth, women’s issues, community, and health. The Strategy Sessions airs live on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 11:00 a.m. ET, and is hosted by career, marketing, and business strategist, Kesi Stribling. One of 300 featured hosts of the more than 16,000 shows on BlogTalkRadio, Kesi employs her hallmark interviewing style to cultivate innovative and engaging conversations with guests, including leaders of the U.S. Small Business Administration, AAA, Ladies America, LifeLock, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, American Express, DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the American Heart Association, Lockheed Martin, and Internships.com. For more information, or to download the podcast, visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thestrategysessions

DISCLAIMER: ASK THE STRATEGIST is a blog that highlights information on business, entrepreneurship, careers and the workplace, health, community, and women. Any content or advice dispensed through Ask The Strategist is solely for informational and entertainment purposes. Never miss ASK THE STRATEGIST blog posts! Have them delivered to your inbox by subscribing.

Fit and Fabulous for 2014: Optimal Living Magazine Highlights Initiative on The Strategy Sessions

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One of the most popular resolutions for any new year is to get into shape. The weight loss industry rakes in a whopping $200 billion dollars from people who diet, purchase weight loss products, or hold gym memberships. In order to achieve weight loss goals, and overall healthy living, a support system or network of friends to encourage, motivate and propel one’s journey to better health are paramount.

Tanisha Hopson, Publisher of Optimal Living Magazine. She joins The Strategy Sessions radio show on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. ET to talk about her event, Fit, Fabulous, and Full of Faith for 2014, and how she is partnering with organizations, such as Black Girls Run, to help women embark upon better living this year and beyond.

Tanisha Hopson, Publisher of Optimal Living Magazine
Tanisha Hopson, Publisher of Optimal Living Magazine

Micheal Davis, representative of event sponsor, KAF KMC Multipurpose Center in Alexandria, VA, joins Ms. Hopson to talk about why the community-centered venue decided to align with Optimal Living Magazine for the Fit, Fabulous and Full of Faith initiative. Mr. Davis is also CEO and President of Davis-Paige Management Systems, LLC, also based in Virginia.

Micheal Davis, KAF KMC Multipurpose Center
Micheal Davis, KAF KMC Multipurpose Center

WHO:
Tanisha Hopson, Optimal Living Magazine
Micheal Davis, KAF KMC Multipurpose Center and Davis-Paige Management Systems, LLC
Kesi Stribling, Host of The Strategy Sessions radio show

WHAT:
The Strategy Sessions radio show
Episode: Fit and Fabulous for 2014

WHEN:
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)

LISTEN:
Listen LIVE or download the podcast on iTunes by visiting
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thestrategysessions.

Listeners may call into the show studio with questions for Optimal Living Magazine or KAF KMC Multipurpose Center. Dial (347) 539-5143, email talkback@ksgsc.com, or post questions on http://www.facebook.com/thestrategysessions. Twitter hashtag
#TheStrategySessions.

ABOUT THE STRATEGY SESSIONS

Airs on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 11am ET
Airs on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 11am ET

Originally a virtual interview started in 2005 featuring local leaders in business, The Strategy Sessions has evolved into a respected radio show on BlogTalkRadio that features top strategists in business, entrepreneurship, careers, youth, women’s issues, community, and health. The Strategy Sessions airs live on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 11:00 a.m. ET, and is hosted by career, marketing, and business strategist, Kesi Stribling. One of 300 featured hosts of the more than 16,000 shows on BlogTalkRadio, Kesi employs her hallmark interviewing style to cultivate innovative and engaging conversations with guests, including leaders of the U.S. Small Business Administration, AAA, Ladies America, LifeLock, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, American Express, DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the American Heart Association, Lockheed Martin, and Internships.com. For more information, or to download the podcast, visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thestrategysessions.

DISCLAIMER: ASK THE STRATEGIST is a blog that highlights information on business, entrepreneurship, careers and the workplace, health, community, and women. Any content or advice dispensed through Ask The Strategist is solely for informational and entertainment purposes. Never miss ASK THE STRATEGIST blog posts! Have them delivered to your inbox by subscribing.