Have you ever noticed how just one small “YES” can totally transform your day?
When your day is filled with so many “NO’s”, even just one “YES” can make the difference and allow our spirit to soar. Just one “YES” can make your heart skip a beat!
Imagine how transformational millions of “YES” sparks could be! (And that’s going to be my challenge to you at the end of this post – would you be part of a Sparks of YES experiment and spread the word?)
One YES can inspire another, and hopefully in turn inspire two others, and two more and so on and so on…until the collective inertia of the NO’s is overcome by what I call “The Sparks of YES” experiment.
Sound hokey? Maybe… but whatever, I still think it will work. Please read on.
The Culture of too many NO’s…
We live in interesting and perplexing times: unemployment is at an all time high, more people have given up looking for jobs (why bother?)”, suicide rates are soaring, the divorce rate in Florida hovers at 75% (really!) and millions are easing their pain with everyday addictions (Florida leads the nation in oxycodone abuse)… Damn it, failure is (again!) the soup of the day.
What is puzzling is that we are the same species as we were before the banks plunged us into chaotic recession. We are the same people who made this nation great, before the greed of Wall Street and the 1% took over. It is NOT up to the 1% to take care of the 99% – they never have and never will.
What’s my name, do I belong ?
As a county (and a state and a nation…) we have the same potential for success as ever, yet millions of our fellow citizens walk through their days feeling beat up, spit out, knocked down, and depressed. They’ve sent out hundreds of resumes, knocked on countless doors, worn out pens filling out job applications, hit “apply” on computer screens – all without success. We make millions of phone calls begging for mortgage relief, plead for food stamps, appeal to utility companies – and swear at more “automated” voice response systems than we should in a lifetime. And it all seems to come down to the same thing – no one seems to care, there’s so little forward movement, and every step we take seems to take us backwards.
UNTIL that one day-changing moment when someone says “YES”!
- “Yes, I can give you more time to pay that bill.”
- “Yes, you can come to work for me.”
- “Yes, your resume looks good and we will call you for an interview.”
- “Yes, I gave you extra whipped cream on that latte for no charge.”
- “Yes, you deserve my time.”
YES changes the world from shades of gray to Technicolor! YES gives us hope. A bit of YES spells potential success… (at least until the NO’s overwhelm us again.) But I believe that we can overcome the inertia of so many NO’s, with lots of Sparks of YES!
My “YES” today came from my friend Steve…
I found a YES in my inbox today and it inspired me to write this post. (The second post in one day!)
I’d like to share my YES with you — My friend Steve took the time to send me this card (click on the link below and you can enjoy the experience yourself!). Thank you for inspiring me to create YES’s for others, Steve! (Here’s the link: http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=3382268653748&source=jl999 )
Overcoming Collective Inertia
I sometimes wonder “Where have all the caring people gone?”
The answer is that they have gone “underground” because they are also beat up, kicked down, and feeling sunk. Why bother caring when no one else does?
A fire starts with a single spark – and can grow into a magnificent fire… a locomotive starts moving with a single burst of electrical ignition… we can become a positive society again if we convert our culture of NO into a culture of YES.
The Challenge…The Sparks of YES experiment
“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me…”
Where can you begin in your life to inject more “YES’s” ? I challenge you to double your YES output – first, notice how many times you say or meet with a NO response, and second. respond to it by giving two YES’s to people in your day.
This is not going to be easy! If you meet or hear “NO” twice today, that means your challenge is to give out FOUR YES’s. They don’t need to be big or monumental YES’s, just enough to build momentum against the mountain of NO’s! Double your YES output and watch what happens…
WILL YOU SAY “YES” TO SAYING “YES” ?
PLEASE let me know if you take up the challenge and what are your results…
Have an inspiring weekend!