Cutting Back and Stepping Up // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

I have been learning lessons lately about the art of cutting back and stepping up.

Some people have a bias for “yes” — and some have a bias for “no”. The “yes” people (I’m one of them) end up having a wide variety of experiences. A “go for it” mentality brings a sense of adventure and unexplored territory.

On the down side, however, the “bias for yes” people often overload their lives with too much activity. When you say “yes” to a thousand different things, you end up overloading the boat.

How many people do you know who are too busy to enjoy life’s journey. With schedules packed full of good things, we scurry past life’s best offerings.

“Bias for yes” people must learn to say “no” to the good in order to say “yes” to the best.

We must understand that every “yes” ends up being a “no” to something else — and often that something else is far more important (though seldom urgent.)

The “bias for no” people, on the other hand, generally have a good grip on life and a strong sense of preparation. They tend to limit themselves to what needs to be done — and this leaves extra margin for the unexpected.

However, the “bias for no” people miss out on some of life’s best opportunities when they fail to step out of the comfort zone.

In the quest to keep control in life, they tend to settle for life in a box which inhibits hopes and dreams.

The bottom line? If you have a bias for “yes”, you probably need to cut back, de-clutter, discipline your life, and focus on your most important priorities.

If, on the other hand, you have a bias for “no”, you really ought to stretch yourself and say “yes” to something that is outside of your normal pattern of living. Take the leap of faith! Go for it! Dare to tackle the giant.

“Bias for yes” — cut back.
“Bias for no” — step up.

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