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Making Choices: Saying No versus Doing It

Opportunity knocks; should you always say yes?  When an opportunity comes your way, the first thing you think about is whether you are going to say yes or no to it. So much pressure is put on saying yes, that we are uncomfortable when we want to say no.  This decision-making process can make you anxious. For some people, it keeps them up at night, worrying if they will do the right thing or not. To make a good choice, there are some basic questions you should ask to help you find courage.

What’s the Worst Thing That Can Happen?

Don’t just ask yourself what the worst thing that can happen is if you say yes or no, but address both. Take the time to write down a list of the things that can happen if you do it versus if you don’t do it. Saying no maintains the status quo, but we don’t often delve into all the bad things that can happen by saying either yes or no.

What’s the Best Thing That Can Happen?

Don’t forget to also write down the best thing that can happen. The worst thing that can happen is often your biggest fear, but what good things can come from your answer of yes or no as well? Identifying some good points on both sides can help you choose.

What Are the Benefits of a Yes or No?

How does this project or opportunity benefit you if you say yes or no? List the benefits of each answer to find out which one outweighs the other. Get deep into the benefits of either answer so that you can address the many actions that can happen, plus what you can do to eliminate negative possibilities or enhance positive ones.

What Are the Downsides of Saying Yes or No?

There are always some downsides to saying either yes or no. Write them down. You want to know what can happen with each negative answer. Explore your negative ideas to find out if they’re realistic or just a distraction you’re causing yourself as you make a choice.

What Are the Roadblocks to Saying Yes or No?

For some opportunities, there will be roadblocks in place already, no matter what you say. For example, if you say no, it might prevent you from succeeding at something as fast as you would if you said yes. However, you may not be able to say yes right away due to other plans or outside influences. Writing it all down will help you navigate the consequences of your answer.

What Are the Opportunity Costs of Saying Yes or No?

Every choice you make has an opportunity cost. If you are doing A, you may not be able to do B; that is an opportunity cost. Write down what you see as the opportunity cost of either a yes or no answer. Look back at some of the other responses to help you.

Saying no versus doing “it”—whatever the opportunity is—can often be made into a simple answer based on your responses to these questions. If you say no, are you going to miss out on something else? If you say yes, will it help you the way you think it will? Always answering what the worst thing that can happen is if you do XYZ can break you out of your fear and help you find the courage to do the next thing.

Rev. Colleen Irwin
Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Public Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium, teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She remembers speaking with Spirit as a child and learning how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book “Discovering Your Stream”. Colleen has been mentored by Reverend Jack Rudy, and ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved. When she is not doing her Spiritual work she is a volunteer docent sharing Susan B. Anthony's history to visitors of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Her trust in Spirit gave her a new title – PREVIVOR. She now uses her platform to educate others about the BRCA genetic mutation and how one can take control of their health and well-being.
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