Be a Yes! sayer.
Many soft skills trainers and consultants want to teach you say "No." I agree that it's an important skill to learn. It is, however, easy to get the hang of saying "no" to things.
We humans are basically lazy and selfish beings and "no" suits us wonderfully once we learn to get rid of the guilt and the desire to be "good" to people so our image doesn't tarnish.
I say, unless you have a really good reason for saying no, say "Yes!"
Affirm life. Affirm life emphatically. Say Yes!
Accept what your life brings you. Accept it gratefully. Yes!
Embrace new ideas. Don't let your knee-jerk "No" moment win. Say Yes!
Surrender to the happiness of making someone's wishes come true. Say Yes!
Feel the surge of power you when you try the undone. Say Yes!
See insecurity and uncertainty disappear when you accept a challenge with a heartfelt Yes!
The author, Dr. Ranee Kaur Banerjee, is Managing Partner of Expressions@Work, a studio for the development of communication and soft skills.