My Epiphany Moment — Stop Trying to Do it All

When You Say Yes to Something You Are Saying No to Something Else

Justine McGrath
2 min readJul 12, 2022


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This morning I did my regular meditation and felt refreshed and peaceful afterwards as usual.

When I began my day’s work it was a different matter, I am self-employed and I absolutely love my work. I consider myself unbelievably blessed. However this morning something wasn’t right.

Recently I agreed to be part of a new content creation platform. I had agreed after a short meeting with one of the founders. It sounded like a great opportunity. I had said yes without thinking much about it. This morning I had to create some content for the platform.

But, here’s the thing — I hate creating video content. And I mean Hate with a capital H! What on earth was I thinking?

I believe in saying yes to opportunities, but my problem is I am always saying yes to things which means I can end up spreading myself really thin on the ground.

I had a moment of real clarity this morning where I thought, I am not focusing on my strengths. I am trying to do things that are not my strengths just because I think it sounds like yet another great opportunity.

This is all part of developing your self-awareness. I thought I had nailed this self-awareness thing seeing as I have been teaching it for so long, but here’s the wonderful thing about growth and learning. It never stops.

I had such a strong gut feeling this morning that something was seriously off balance. I sat down and asked myself a series of questions.

“What’s wrong? Why are you feeling like this? Is this right for you?

My gut was saying ‘NO,’ in a very clear way.

I really do believe part of the clarity that came to me was a result of my meditation. It always helps steer me in the direction of where I need to go and I feel that I am veering off my path quite a lot at the moment.

So my understanding today is to be really clear before I say yes to anything else. If it’s part of the clear focus and strategy I have for my life and career, then great. If not, then it’s a clear no!

I’ll leave you with a quote my Dad used to say to me a lot from Confucius. It’s one I will certainly be keeping in mind!

“Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius.



Justine McGrath

I believe in kindness because it matters. Author ‘Conversations with my Father — Jack Kyle,’ and ‘The Elephant Crossing.’