To live a more meaningful and productive life, there has to be a healthy balance between yes and no. Servant leaders, tend to place other people's needs above their own. As we serve, inspire and empower the hearts and minds of those we lead, it is imperative to remain present and aware to not become intoxicated with saying yes just because we are making others happy. When we become intoxicated with yes, we fall into the trap of trying to please everybody but end up pleasing nobody.
Trying to please everybody is a recipe for failure. There is not a fixed ratio between yes and no and must be based on the unique context of the situation. Listen to your intuition and deeply understand that "no" is a sentence. By saying no at times you reclaim your time, energy and life.
When you take your life back and overcome the intoxication to say yes you allow for quality and strategic thinking to have the mind space to flourish. A great way to deal with our own lives and thought processes is to examine which habits, commitments and conversations are fueled by growth purpose versus comfort routine. Those fueled by intention will provide unique experiences for you to evolve and discover the outer depths of who you are.
Our past is filled with fond memories. The future with extraordinary opportunities. But this moment is the only one that will ever be guaranteed. So make yourself uncomfortable so you can be comfortable and let go of ways of living that are no longer serving and enriching your life and holistic development.