I’ve written many articles and blog posts about when and how to say, “no.” I even have a chapter in my book, Practical Communication, on the subject. I’ve written extensively about saying “no” because too many people don’t know how to say “no” to things that are bad for them and people who don’t have their best interests in mind.
However, just as many people don’t know how, or are afraid to say “yes” to things that are good for them- that stretch their abilities, force them to tackle new challenges, or try new things.
Saying “yes” can be risky. In saying “yes” to something new we may risk failure, looking foolish, and the discomfort of facing the unknown. However, only by saying “yes” can we grow and achieve our potential. “Yes” means taking chances, making ourselves vulnerable, and taking a risk for a better future. When we open ourselves to saying “yes,” our opportunities and potential are endless!
This week, try to remember that when you say “no,” everything stays the same. When you say “yes” you open the door to change and create a new path to the future. Take a risk and say “yes” to something you previously would have said “no” to.
Say “yes” to a project that will stretch your abilities.
Say “yes” to social events that will allow you to meet new people.
Say “yes” to business opportunities that could help grow your career or financial future.
Shoot, just start easy by saying “yes” to a new food you’ve never tasted, or a sport or activity you’ve never tried before.
Remember, when you say “no,” everything stays the same. When you say “yes” you open the door to change and create a new path to the future.