Previously we discussed the Plus 1 of saying a firm “no” when you mean no or when you receive a request or a proposal which is of no interest to you.
It is better to say a firm, clear ‘no’ than a lukewarm ‘maybe’ so that the other party is in no doubt where you stand and you are free to get on with other projects.
Today we will look at the other side of the coin…saying “yes”
It is a Plus 1 to say ‘yes’ when you mean ‘yes’ but a huge minus 1 when you actually mean ‘no’ or ‘maybe.’
If you tell someone ‘yes’ then you are prepared to go ahead with whatever it was that has just been agreed. You very well may now have responsibilities to the other party, deadlines to meet, sacrifices to make and plans to put in place.
“Yes” means that you are definitely prepared to embark on a particular course of action. It means you have weighed up the pros and cons and decided that you are good to go.
It follows that a ‘yes’ is something that does not come lightly. Your ‘yes’ means that others may now be relying on you.
Saying ‘yes’ means you are ready for the consequences that follow. This makes it a word that needs care and thought before it is uttered.