I’ve recently been thinking about the potential for ‘failure’ … and the risks we take that lead us there. The last five years have been an opportunity for me to engage in calculated risks over, and over, and over again. Some are big risks (life changing relationship decision kind of risks) and some are smaller… Continue reading Saying Yes to “Failure”
Yes, we can!
~ Barack Obama
I came across this article the other day which revealed that Barack Obama thought the “Yes, we can!” slogan was too corny when he first read it… Michelle disagreed. So he said Yes, and agreed to use it. What a great example of the Trusting Yes!
Also a great example of the Power of Yes – the things we can accomplish when we give hope and a positive attitude. Regardless of how you voted (if you could) or whether you agree with him and his policies, it’s clear the tone of his campaign (Yes!) had a major impact.
I got an email last night asking me if I would like to take on an interesting project in the next year. I know all the players, I’ve worked with them before, and I respect their abilities and drive. The project is a good one: it’s a good career move, it’s intriguing, and I’ll learn… Continue reading The Trusting Yes
Yesterday I made the comment to my supervisor that “… i’ve been pretty lucky“ to which he responded that he finds the people who work hardest seem to have the most luck… what a lovely compliment that was! It led me to reflect on my concept of ‘luck’ and what makes me feel so lucky…… Continue reading Musings on Luck
We’ve all been there… someone asks you to do something, and you know the answer right away. No. No, no no no no no no. There’s no way I can do that. Maybe it’s not as clear as that… you know the answer is no, but it’s a really hard answer to give. Saying No… Continue reading The Reframing Yes
I’m really starting to think about all the different kinds of Yes in my life… so I’ll start with the one I find the most easy to define… the Enthusiastic Yes You know those times… the opportunity presents itself, and there is no question in your mind what the right answer is. You say Yes… Continue reading The Enthusiastic Yes
Sometimes when I’m thinking about what it means to say Yes, I take inspiration (Yes–piration?) from other cultures and their approaches. So often, language can give us such great hints about the culture and the people – and often their approach to life.
I’ve been lucky to have spent quite a bit of time in Thailand, soaking in the natural beauty, but also learning about the culture and the way of life. Learning the language (a little bit!) has also given me the opportunity to have an incredible window into a way of thinking.
So… how does this relate to saying Yes? The Thai say Yes very well – Chai (ใช่). Perhaps more interestingly, the Thai have a way of saying no which still somewhat eludes me… Mai Chai (ไม่ใช่) or “Not Yes“. I think so often we say “No” when what we are really saying should be “Not Yes“…
Not Yes to that idea (but Yes to another one).
It’s not that we are saying no, it’s just that we might not be saying Yes, to that idea, at this point in time. Perhaps instead, we are saying Yes to something else, something more fulfilling, something more truthful to our self.
Yes. Such a fundamental basic word… but what does it really mean? To try and get a better understanding of this incredibly powerful concept, I’ve been working through some of the synonyms: All right Very well Of course By all means Certainly Absolutely Okay … and then it strikes me – so many of these… Continue reading Synonyms of Yes