On July 22, 2017, I stood on a stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma and shared a few thoughts. My shoes remained by my chair, as I took to the stage. I was there because I said yes, over a year ago. In April of 2016, I said yes to attending this crazy little conference in Atlanta, GA. Then, I decided to apply to speak. I was chosen. Then, a friend approached me about a conference in Colorado in September. This one, however, would be intense. While I thought the sentiment was sweet, I began listing the myriad of reasons I could not go. My friend (and now one of my dearest friends), would not accept my answer. I relented, and said yes. Thirteen of of sat in a room in the mountains of Winter Park, CO, with the goal of taking our businesses, our ministries, ourselves, to the next level. How did I end up there? Because I said yes.
Choose Your Yes
We are presented with opportunities every single day. You and I choose how to enter into our day, and we choose how to respond to those around us. How do we spend our time? Our money? Our energy? The answers are a direct result of what we have said yes to. I can say yes to a bad mood and take it out on everyone around me. Or, I can choose to acknowledge how I am feeling, take a time out, and calm myself down. Each morning, I say yes to spending time reading Scripture. Of course, it would be easy to lose myself in social media. But, I know the power of the time I spend in the quiet. During the summer months, I must decide if I will say yes to adventures and time with my daughter. As the saying goes, the days are long but the years are short. I want to say yes to the right things. What are you saying yes to? Do you like where your yeses are taking you?
Yes or No, You Decide
When you say yes to one thing, you are saying no to another. A friend shared that line with me. I do not know who originally said those words, but they ring true. When I say yes to watching Netflix, I am saying no to time with my family, or to time I could spend writing and growing my business. I can say no to becoming lost in the rabbit hole of social media, in order to say yes to an outing with my child. Also, I can say no to allowing negative thoughts to run freely through my mind. You have the same choices, every moment of every day. Take a step back, look at your day. What have you said no to? What have you said yes to? Now, did you make the right choices?
Each Day Is A New Choice
Andy Andrews once said, “You are where you are as a direct result of your best decisions.” Isn’t that great, while also a bit toe crushing? Your decisions are based on what you have said yes and no to. The beauty is, each day we are given those choices all over again. Isn’t that awesome? We cannot say yes to everything, none of us have that kind of time or energy. But, when we say yes to the right things, even the long days seem better. Our lives will begin following a better course, a purposeful, meaningful course.
August: Choosing Our Yes
This month, we will be discussing what we say yes to. I hope you will join me over the next few weeks, each Wednesday and join in the conversation. This August, what will you say yes to? What do you need to begin saying no to? As summer winds down, and the routine of school quickly approaches, I want to choose well, and I want you to do the same. Say yes to joining me for the “Choose Your Yes” series. See you next week.
To view my talk, The Power of Yes, click here (more professional video coming on YouTube later).