Learning To Say Yes To Saying No

I remember watching Jim Carey’s 2008 romantic-comedy, “Yes Man.” I still find that film to be not only funny, but also exciting and inspiring. Here was this reclusive guy with a very negative outlook learning to say yes to opportunities in life. And by doing so, soon, his life started to change for the better. As I said, inspiring movie.


But in real life, it’s just not possible to say yes to everything. I’d love to be able to say yes to spending the next 3 months traveling around the world. But, for one, I don’t have enough money right now to do that. Also, some of us are, in a way, opposite to the character Jim Carey played in that movie. For us, it’s easy saying yes but hard saying no. And so we need to learn how to say yes to saying no.


Of course, saying no to everything is stifling. But knowing when to say no is quite a powerful thing. It prevents us from overextending ourselves and taking on more stuff than we can handle. It’s also a form of self-love because every experience or opportunity isn’t good for us. Some are actually bad, and knowing when to say no, protects and preserves our lives and the lives of those we love. Lastly, saying no to something can mean saying yes to other things. For example, you might say no to staying late at work so that you could say yes to watching your daughter’s soccer game. You say no to eating unhealthy so you could say yes to eating healthy.


“Saying no can be the ultimate self-care.”

Claudia Black


Saying yes to new experiences and opportunities makes life more interesting, and it challenges us to grow. But even if we could, it’s not in our best interest to say yes to everything. It’s therefore wise knowing what our boundaries and when to say no. It’s important to know when to say yes and equally important to know when to say no.

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I wish you every success in life and in the pursuit of your passions and purpose.

Bevon Grant

A Fellow traveler on the road toward financial freedom and a more meaningful life. More About Me.

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