Yes can be a trap. We want to please, so we say yes. We want to be great team players, so we say yes. We want to be exemplary family members, so we say yes.
Have you ever worn yourself out with your own yes yes yes?
Sometimes we've got to say no. No to the goal that someone else wants us to complete but that interferes with our own goals. No to the task that should be done by someone else. No to the questionable ethical (or clearly unethical) demand. No.
Unless we have the courage to say no, our yes always belongs to someone else.
Let's own our own yes by owning our own no.
-- doug smith