By saying yes to so many things, don't we often begin to feel like we're not living a life that is our own? Don't we end up taking on so many things that don't energize us, don't fulfill us, cause us to lose focus, and don't move us forward towards what we want? So why do we say yes so often?
Now look, I have nothing against the word yes. It's a perfectly fine word. But just because it has one one more letter, doesn't make it better. So isn't it time we honor and give "no" the respect it also deserves?
If you agree with this, I invite you for a moment to stop doing whatever you're doing right now. Spend some time in quiet reflection and list out all that is on your plate. Then ask yourself, of all those things you just listed, which ones can you stop doing right now. What can you say no to. Then take the next step. That is stop doing it. Just say no. It's that simple.
For as you do, you'll discover that it'll free you up to say yeses to the things that truly matter. You'll become more focused, more effective, more joyful by saying yes to things that move you forward and no to things that don't. At the end of the day, isn't that what you really want?
P.S. If you're leading teams, I encourage you to share this with each of your team members and ask them to do the same. Imagine how many valuable resources will get freed up which you can then redirect to doing more of what will move you and your organization forward.