I habitually drink a glass of water first thing in the morning, then coffee. Why? Because when I consume coffee on an empty stomach, I get a nasty heartburn. However, with a glass of water I’m heartburn free. It works for me so that’s a habit I practice on a daily basis.
Which brings me to the past three posts on “It’s a Yes”. In order for me to say yes to myself, to what I think is best for me, I have to say no to something or someone. That’s how it works.
I have a great deal of respect for people who say “can I have x amount of time to think about this and get back to you” and responds with a firm yes or no. I find it’s a great way to established and build trust.
Hearing or saying no isn’t final – it just means no at this moment. Not forever. And, that’s how you have to approach saying no in order to say yes to yourself. In order for you to show up, be and do your best you will HAVE to say yes to you sometimes.
I said yes to running a half marathon this November, and as a result I had to say yes to training and no to drinking less and eating less desserts. That yes, is beneficial beyond a check mark off my bucket list – mentally I’m finding it a great way to clear my head, think and challenge myself. Physically, I’m getting stronger, running longer and losing body fat.
Saying yes to yourself is a habit worth cultivating. You recharge, relax, reenergize, refocus and remind yourself of your values, importance and why. This is especially important IF you frequently say no and deny yourself more often than you should.
I really hope you caught how this practice can help improve your life. With that said, as promise here’s an opportunity if you choose to say yes:) you can walk away with a hard copy of Shonda Rhimes “Year of Yes”.
Here’s how it works I’d like to hear your story – Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org answering the following two questions.
- What area in your life has been denied yes?
- What did you get out of reading the past three articles on this topic?
The first 50 responses will be entered in a draw, and two of you will receive a hard copy of the book.
To deny yourself anything that will improve your life, is to deny yourself permission to be yourself.
– Diane Dutchin
If you’ve read this far it tells me you’re ready for a breakthrough week. Pick one area in your life, and say yes to yourself. What does it look like? No is silenced, excuses shut down, the volume on self-defeating thoughts turned down. And yes is embraced and served. It doesn’t have to be loud or big, but meaningful to you.
Again, I’d really love to hear your story so either leave a comment below or send me an email.