A friend of mine mentioned to me recently that they would now be taking on a yes
mentality, she wanted to become a “yes person”. She, of course, meant this metaphorically. However, it got me thinking, what if you could actually become a “yes person”. What if anytime someone asked you to do something you responded with a nod and tried it out. Even if it was something you would not normally try or something that you thought you couldn’t do.
A yes person… The thought interested me.
It got me thinking, am I a “yes person”? I thought about it long and hard, and I realized that I quite possibly could fall into the category of a “no person”. Needless to say, I was not OK with that thought. Sometimes I feel that I am the kind of person who is very enthusiastic about trying things I want but other than that I don’t feel like I “yes” enough.
I feel like I need to change that, I want to change that. I want to take on new challenges enthusiastically, learn new things, meet new people. What if I am someone so comfortable in what I know and like that, I forget to try out new things? That thought scared me. So like any avid list maker I made a quick Pro/Con list of the potential of saying Yes more often, the results being…
Potential Pros of being a Yes Person…
- New ideas, perspectives gained
- Different social interactions
- New opportunities may emerge that were previously un-reached due to saying no
- Potential Growth and happiness from exposing myself to the positive Yes in life
Potential Con’s of being a Yes Person…
- Overwhelmed with social obligations
- Fear or anxiety about trying something new and not being able to back out
- Being taken advantage of by others
My findings? The risks are not huge, and the rewards are potential new and exciting opportunities. So what the hell, I’m going to do it. I declare starting today I am taking on a complete Yes approach to life!
But not just a yes approach. I am going to make a little experiment out of this idea. For the next seven days, I am going to Yes up a storm. Meaning I will accept everything offered to me in the realm of possibility and say Yes to it.
For the next seven days, I will be putting YES on max! I will report back after the seven to share my experiment findings. I hope within this time I can see results of some kind. Who knows? Stay tuned and wish me luck!
p.s. I will not be yesing to anything that puts me in danger or jeopardizes my morals. Just saying.
Do you want to take the yes challenge? What do you think of this experiment? Do you think you are a yes person?