Saying Yes…

saying yes
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Have you ever noticed how easy it is to say, no? Why is that?

Is it because once you’ve said no, the topic is closed. It’s over. No further discussion. Moving on to the next thing?

Or is it because no just feels like a safer option?

When you say no, there is no commitment. No obligation. No risk or gamble.

No chance at failure.

Probably. Definitely. At least for me.

I suppose it’s a combination of being an introvert, manifesting impostor syndrome, disappointment, and native gullibility that has led me down the path of no.

It’s just easier. Less chance of being hurt. Right?

There’s only one problem with saying no. You miss things. You let opportunities pass you by. You often get left behind. You don’t usually realize any of these things until it’s too late.

So…in the spirit of trying new things, I’ve decided to say yes. For one week. I will say yes to any opportunity, large or small. I will say yes, even when my mind is screaming, NO! RUN! DON’T! Even if it terrifies me. Even if I feel like I don’t have the proverbial snowball’s chance in hell. I WILL SAY YES.

I mean, what do I have to lose? No, hasn’t really gotten me anywhere. And frankly, I could use some new adventures and a few new friends too.

I will give it a week. If I like this new attitude of yes, I may say yes for another week.

Wish me luck. I will report back on my findings.

How about you? Is your go-to answer yes or no? Tell me what you think about yes and no in the comments.

Annie the yes-woman

12 thoughts on “Saying Yes…

  1. Back in the ’70s, self-help (“pop psych”) books were all the rage. Two I owned were “When I Say No I Feel Guilty,” and “Don’t Say Yes When You Want to Say No.” Shows you what an introverted, non-assertive person I was … and still am.

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