The upside of saying “yes” far outweighs the downside of a noncommittal “maybe” or a poorly timed “no.” Learning to say “yes” goes hand in hand with the ability and the choice to say “no.”
Some people have had a field day with “yes”, giving it more power than it deserves. On the other hand, a positive “yes” has the ability to move people, change situations and open doors to new possibilities we may not see at first glance.
How do you get to a powerful “yes”?
- By saying “no” to something so we can say “yes” to something else.
A few times I’ve said “YES” during my recovery journey
I said “yes” to God’s plan for allowing this accident.
- To say yes, I had to say “no” to blaming Him, self-pity and an endless “Why?”
I said “yes” to talking to and praying for an amputee in the bed beside mine (he lost his leg in a train accident the day before our accident).
- To say yes, I had to say “no” to keeping quiet, focusing on my pain and the fear of not knowing quite what to say.
I said “yes” to a student nurse who wanted to interview me for a paper on the recovery process (it gave me a chance to brag on the doctors & nurses, share my story of survival, and remind her of the huge difference family, friends and faith had on my recovery journey).
- To say yes, I had to say “no” to thinking my experience wasn’t going to help her or being too tired to talk.
I said “yes” to helping people when they ask with…encouragement, listening, advising, coaching, unpacking, praying, writing, supporting – to name a few.
- To say yes, I had to say “no” to focusing on what I had lost so I could focus on what I had left to give.
I said “yes” to being OK with an open ended recovery timeline with no clue when this will end.
- To say yes, I had to say “no” to my need to know the future and my plan all mapped out.
What does saying “yes” give us?
- Optimism and an attitude that says “we will get through this!”
- The chance to meet new people and help others.
- Healthier relationships – positive people rub off on others.
- Less conflict and more agreement.
- Greater health since mood and positivity increases healing.
What do you need to “no” to so you can say “yes” to what really matters?
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