We always get the advice to set boundaries and say no to things. But does that mean we should say no to everything? In this post, we are going in the opposite direction and discussing the reasons why you should start saying yes more often. Though being a yes person is often looked down upon, and many people might also think they can take advantage of you because you are agreeable to things, saying yes is not always a bad thing.
Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that you should start saying yes to everything, but that you shouldn’t eliminate the word yes from your vocabulary. Sometimes good things are just waiting for you to say yes and let them in. In this article, we shall discuss when and why you should start saying yes more often and how saying yes can make you more successful and happier.
5 Reasons Why You Should Start Saying Yes More Often
- Saying yes makes you seem more approachable
Although saying no and having boundaries is a good thing, in some situations, it can make you seem closed off and resistant to change, thus unapproachable. This means that even when someone has something good to offer, they might not approach you because they fear you might think you are being taken advantage of. This is one of the reasons why you should start saying yes more often.
In some cases, being a yes person can be a good thing. For example, if your boss is looking for someone who can put in more work hours as a way to evaluate their suitability for a promotion, it might be easier for them to approach you first because they know you will be up to the task than a person who is always saying no. The same applies to things like transfers to new job locations and new responsibilities.
- Saying yes opens you up to more opportunities
Say yes and you will figure it out afterwards.Tina Fey
When you get so used to saying no, you might also reject the possibilities that life has to offer. Opportunities don’t always come twice, so you have to grab them while you can. If it is a new job, a promotion, a chance to take a risk that could change your life, say yes to new adventures and seize that opportunity.
If you don’t have the skills required, you can always acquire or increase them by going back to school or learning through online courses along the way. But don’t say no because you doubt yourself or fear failure. If you allow new opportunities to pass you by you will most likely regret it later, and this is why you should start saying yes more often.
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- Saying yes more often makes you seem like a positive person
Even though there is nothing wrong with saying no when appropriate, the word can also be associated with negativity. One good reason why you should start saying yes more often is that it can make you seem like you are a positive person who is open to things.
Since positivity attracts positivity, when you start saying yes more, you will find yourself surrounded by people who are similar to you. Hence saying yes can make it possible for you to build better friendships.
- Saying yes builds your confidence
‘Yes, I can.”
Many of the times when we say no or ‘I can’t’, it is because we are afraid we aren’t up to a task or fear failure. However, when you start saying yes more often, it shows that you are confident in your abilities.
No matter how difficult the new responsibility might seem, believing you can do it increases your probability of achieving it. That is the power of saying yes to things. Even if you fail, you will know that at least you tried and gave yourself a chance. You can’t learn from mistakes if you are too afraid to make them.
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- Saying yes makes other people believe in you
The same way saying yes shows that you are confident, it also inspires other people to believe in you. And as much as we don’t like to admit it, we feel validated when someone believes in our abilities, sometimes even more than when we believe in ourselves.
Being given the option to say yes to something shows that the one who is asking believes you can do what they are requesting. If whatever you are being asked to do doesn’t compromise your values, then saying yes should be your first option.
The bottom line is that learning to say yes more often can make your life easier and better. However, you have to be careful with what you agree to as saying yes all the time could lead to people misusing and taking advantage of you.
Knowing when to set boundaries and say no is important, but this doesn’t mean you should never say yes to things. From the above, you can see there are many reasons why you should start saying yes more often and how it can make you more successful and happier.
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