Just Say Yes

This is going to seem confusing to some because I am a big believer in saying no.  I know several justsayyesfriends who are overwhelmed in their daily lives because they cannot say ‘no’ to anything and therefore find themselves obligated to a lot of activities.  In the last few years, I have worked very hard to say no to things that deep down I just really didn’t want to do.  In this effort, I have protected the time in my life to do the things and spend time with the people that really matter to me.  If you are having trouble with this…I urge you to learn to say no!

However…there are times when you should just say yes. Those times when you are a little bit scared of the request because it might stretch you or push you a bit…those times, say yes.   Maybe you think you won’t know anyone at a networking event but you really want to hear the speaker…say yes! When you are offered to choose a book for the book club but you’ve never chosen before and you are afraid that no one will want to read your favorite author…say yes! Or when your boss wants you to present a project to the board but you are not sure you are ready…say yes!

There are times in our work and personal lives when we need a little push off the high dive. My high dive moment came last week when one of my favorite people, Paulette Nieuwenhof with the Poultry Federation, needed an emcee for her Ladies Luncheon and she asked me to be the emcee. I immediately thought NO WAY but the more Paulette and I talked the more I realized I needed to say yes.  I have no problem speaking in front of a crowd, I’ve attended this luncheon four times in the past so I know what the emcee responsibilities are and I cannot say no to Paulette.  But more than that, I needed to say yes to push myself and expand my comfort zone a bit.  I’m running a business for goodness sake, I can surely emcee a ladies luncheon…right? Right!

So, in a couple of weeks, because I said yes, I will be honored to emcee the Poultry Festival’s Ladies Luncheon, A Garden Party.  

When was the last time you were nervous to say yes but it turned out fine? I’d love your reassurance to hear your story!

4 thoughts on “Just Say Yes

  1. Love this! It’s so easy to undercut ourselves and think that we’re not worth of opportunities that come our way when in reality we just need to be more open. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. The outdated adage “Fake it till you make it.” comes to mind. Sometimes, we find ourselves wondering how others have gotten where they are in their careers, their personal lives, etc… and don’t realize that we have had some of the same opportunities – we just didn’t take them. I am a firm believer in saying yes to anything that gets me closer to the person I want to be – even if it means having to do some homework to get myself up to speed. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!

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