Stop Telling Yourself No
We make thousands of decisions every day, right?
With all those decisions, many are either/or instances. By saying either/or we must say no to one thing, right?
We cannot always say yes, and we do not always say yes.
“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” — Warren Buffett
Who says no to us?
Usually, it’s ourselves.
When we decide on something in an either/or instance, that typically means saying yes to one thing and no to another.
Why then, when we want to do something, do we say no without even trying?
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes — then learn how to do it later!” — Richard Branson
Here’s the thing, we are in control of our days. Whether the desired days are easy or difficult to attain doesn’t matter, the truth remains, we make decisions that determine the outcomes of our days.
To Richard Branson’s point, say yes to amazing opportunities.
To Warren Buffet’s point, say no to almost everything.
Here’s my take on that though:
We can control how we spend our days. We can create amazing opportunities.
Though, if we never try? We are telling ourselves no.
Stop telling yourself no before you even try.
If there’s someone you really want to talk to, maybe someone that you know is friends with them already.
But if you never ask, you are already telling yourself no.
A great book that complements some of my thoughts here well is The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer.