Resources Mentioned In this Episode:
- Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt (affiliate link)
- Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Dr Henry Cloud & John Townsend (affiliate link)
Featured Presentation: Elevating Your Life With a Smarter Yes
Click HERE to find the full blog post on this topic.
When presented with a decision, we often fall into the trap of thinking that our only option is to say “Yes” or “No”.
Saying “no” often feels like we are closing a door of opportunity or making us feel like we aren’t a team player.
Saying “yes” often burdens us with additional responsibilities for which we don’t have an answer.
For many situations, the better choice is to give a “smarter yes”.
What is a “smarter yes”?
A “smart yes” is an engaging and helpful response to one’s core problem or question. Rather than the dismissiveness often implied with a “No” or the obligation connoted by a “Yes” response, a “smart yes” does four things:
- Prioritizes engagement (says that this relationship matters to me)
- Seeks understanding (listens for the core problem or need)
- Takes ownership (seeks to be solution-oriented)
- Offers options (leverages resources to give viable direction)
Click HERE to see some practical examples of using a “smarter yes” at work and at home.
When presented with a question or concern, (rather than simply saying “yes” or “no”) here are three tips on how to take your life to the next level with a “smarter yes”
- Listen carefully to discern the fundamental problem that is behind the question (what does this person need?) – remember that the need may be psychological and/or physical
- Look for effective solutions that empower the person
- List 2-3 options, if at all possible (while identifying which one you recommend and why)
Leave a comment and give me some examples of how you have successfully used the “smarter yes” in your own journey. What makes it difficult?
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