The Power of Saying Yes
This post is a love letter to “yes” the word the most of us seem to be scared of saying! “Yes” was the reason we launched our company in 2010. “Yes” was the reason we created Ready Steady Websites® in 2019. And “Yes” was the reason we created two mini humans in 2010 and 2015.
“Yes” is also the reason we created a book and this was a yes that took a while to come, from me. Jude’s wanted to write a business book for ages, but I was always resistant, not because I thought we couldn’t do it, but more that no one would want to read about websites.
Then Jude said “yes” to a mastermind which focused on creating and selling a new product and said, “Chris, we’re doing the book” and I said “yes” wholeheartedly this time as I knew with some guidance we could do it.
“Yes” is also the reason we did an impromptu mini launch of our book last week with less than a week to prepare, as the opportunity popped up to piggyback on a local networking event. But in a week we got ready, people paid for tickets, we had books good to go with some goodies included, a pull up banner and a way of passers by paying on the day directly from their phones.
For me, saying “yes” can put me into a state of pure delivery. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but saying “yes” drives you to go outside of your comfort zone to push your boundaries and your potential.
Don’t be afraid to say “no” though. We turn down client projects all the time for various reasons, usually because it isn’t going to be a good fit. Saying “yes” isn’t about blindly saying “yes” to absolutely everything. Most of the time saying “yes” to something is what my Dad would call a “calculated risk” – you don’t know for certain what the outcome will be but you sure as hell know you’ll give it your best effort and it’s a risk worth taking!
Did we know we could run a successful web company when we started? Yes, but it was a risk to start it. Did we know we could build a website in a box service in Ready Steady Websites®? Yes, but it was a risk outside of our comfort zone to do it. Did we know we could write a book? Yes, but we had no idea about the publishing process!
So, now it’s your turn to look at what you’re saying “yes” or “no” to. Are you saying “no” out of fear of failing? Are you saying “no” because it’s not a good fit? Or are you saying “no” because you don’t want to go outside of your comfort zone?
Saying “yes” to the book and mini launch has been fantastic. It’s pushed us outside of our comfort zone, we’ve been pushed to learn about self-publishing, Amazon KDP, formatting a book for print and eBook, packaging costs and so many more things. Saying “yes” has been refreshing as well as challenging, it’s put an extra spring in our step.
Take Action and Feel The Power of Saying Yes
So, what are you putting off that you know you should be saying “yes” to? When the next opportunity comes up what are you going to say?
We’d love to hear your saying “yes” success stories, email them in to us or comment below.
And if you want to say “yes” to creating your website, pick up a copy of The Website Handbook, you won’t regret it!