Is your power word YES or NO?

Monday, October 01, 2012

Mine's yes.

I used to think that no was my power word. I would go to a restaurant with friends or family, and I would say no to the bread sticks, no to the extra sauce, and no to dessert.

I'd feel very proud of myself after the fact, but I was littering my life with a lot of no's. On the outside it was okay, because I was doing what I was supposed to do: following my new, healthy, nutritious way of life. But on the inside, it felt like a whole lot of negativity. I felt like I was depriving myself of the things I enjoyed most.

And then I thought a little more about it, and I realized something positive. I wasn't saying no to those foods. I was say YES to a happier, healthier me. Each time the word no came out of my mouth, it was a yes in disguise. Yes, I want to live longer. Yes, I want that long life to be the best it can be. Yes, I want to feel great about myself.

And when I exercise, I'm not saying no to watching my favorite movie or doing this or that on the computer. I'm saying, "Yes! I want to get up and get active!"

I'm not depriving myself with all these no's, I'm giving myself the chance to indulge in a healthy, active lifestyle. A lifestyle that I've always wanted for myself.

So each time that little no comes out of your mouth, and you start to feel a little deprived, because you're not getting to enjoy something that you normally would, just remember what it is you're saying YES to: an even better life, where you get to do so many things that you were never able to do before. You're saying yes to being really, truly happy.
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  • SLEE103
    What a great blog! Very insightful. My power word is yes, YES I can make change happen, YES I can get through this work out...YES I can have a treat occasionally, and in moderation, without it derailing all my efforts.

    even turning a "no" into a "nah" seems trivial, but it's less negative and more inviting to those YES opportunities. emoticon
    2358 days ago
    a good way of thinking about it. Saying "no" gives you opportunities to say "Yes" to what you really want.
    2358 days ago
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