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Every Yes You Say is a No to Something Else

Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

Who can relate?

One day you get an email asking you to be a part of something amazingly exciting.

The next day, your friend calls and asks you to do something super fun with them. 

And the next day, your work or school mentions an opportunity that you just can’t pass up. 

You say yes to everything. 

And pretty soon you realize that your plate is way too full and then some other things come up that you also want to do, but just don’t have the time. 

I can’t even tell you how many times this has happened to me. 

Then one day I heard the phrase, “Every yes you say to one thing, is a no to something else.”

And it hit me… I need to savor my yes’s and not just go throwing them about willy-nilly. 

Because let’s face it, every time we say yes to one thing, we are also saying no to one (or many) other things.  

And if it isn’t a hell yes, the answer needs to be a hell no so you don’t miss out on something amazing for something that is just ho-hum. 

So protect your yes’s for the things that are super important and for the things that you really want to do. And be diligent in saying no to things that do not light your soul on fire. And know that it is perfectly fine to do so. 

This way you can focus your attention and energy on the things that add value to your lyfe and live the lyfe you want to be living. It might be hard to say no at first, but with practice it gets easier and you’ll learn just how important it can be. 

Are you good at saying no to things? Are you overwhelmed with your commitments because you said yes to too many things? Have you heard this phrase before? What are your thoughts?

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