This contributor post was written by Tiffany Han.
There’s a lot of talk in the business world of saying no. How to establish boundaries. How to set limits on your time and commitments. How to stop being accountable to other people and start being accountable to yourself.
There is a place in the conversation for all of that (in a big way!) but today, I wanted to talk about the power of saying yes.
Saying yes can do transformative things for your business, pulling you out of your comfort zone and pushing you toward something bigger than you’d normally do.
But, Tiffany, how in the world do I say yes to something that I don’t know how to do? Wouldn’t that be crazy? (Y’all KNOW I love the crazyfaith right?)
That’s the key – saying yes is what will make you figure everything else out. Especially if you’re someone who likes to drag her feet.
Let’s backtrack to the fall of 2011. I saw Brittni post on twitter that she was looking for new P&S contributors.
Oh, I thought, I love what Brittni is up to and would love to write for her.
But, while I had written a few guest posts for blogs, I’d never been a regular contributor. I considered myself a life coach who dabbled in helping people with their creative businesses. I’d never written a dedicated business coaching-type post.
And yet, in a moment of whim and crazy (those moments are usually the BIGGEST game-changers), I replied to her tweet and told her that my submission email would be over shortly.
I said yes. And then I had an omg-what-have-I-done moment. But, because I didn’t want to be that flaky person on the internet who says she’s going to do things and then doesn’t (Don’t be that person.), I sent in my email. I followed the directions that Brittni had put forth (always do this. Always. If someone tells you exactly what they need, give it to them.) and sent the email.
And here I am.
This might sound really simple, because, honestly, it was.
There are opportunities to say yes every single day. Raising your hand, even if you doubt your credentials, can be a game-changer for your business. It all starts with the yes. And ends with you showing up.
The say yes challenge:
I challenge you to say yes to at least 3 things this month that you would normally just think, “Oh. That might be nice someday.” about. 3 things. And then report back here what happens.
You’ve SO got this. I promise.