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Saying Yes

Jan 4, 2008
"All that man achieves, and all that he fails to achieve is a direct result of his own thoughts." -James Allen

Think about this. John Lennon was at the height of his career-talented, rich, desired, admired, beloved the world over (except by the U.S. government)-and he had the ability to choose any woman he wanted. His heart was captured by the word 'Yes'.

Yoko Ono had an exhibition in England which John Lennon attended. One of the pieces was a ladder that led to a tiny sign and a magnifying glass. One had to climb the ladder and look through this magnifying glass to see what was written on the sign. It simply said, 'Yes.'

The most famous couple in the history of Rock and Roll started with 'yes'. John later said that he liked it so much because it gave off a positive message and that if it had been something negative, he probably wouldn't have been interested in her or her work at all.

It's simple. We say it every day. Many of us shorten it to slang by saying, 'yeah' or 'uh huh' maybe decreasing its decisiveness a little, but still giving a positive response.

Saying yes is an affirmation more than just an agreement. It indicates an openness and welcoming. It is an attitude.

As persuaders, persuaders who sell products and services, we LOVE to hear 'yes'.

Attitude is all about self awareness. Persuasion is all about human nature. Can you see how these two concepts go hand in hand? Both require that we 'check in' with ourselves and pay attention.

Walk around all day muttering to yourself, 'People suck. I'll never get what I want. Why can't I ever find a parking space? I can't afford it. I'm too fat. I'm always so tired. . . ,' well, basically you're doomed.

By changing our loops, our negative tapes, for positive ones, and you'll be rewarded immeasurably. It takes a lot of conscious work and can sometimes be uncomfortable.

There have been days when I let negative moods get the better of me. Sometimes it happens without you even knowing it. I'm not normally a complainer. I take action when action is warranted, but I had a bad day not too long ago where I was irritated by absolutely everything. I noticed the ugly paint job on the house down the street, I noticed the horrible driver in traffic. And then something happened that interrupted my (temporary) pattern of negativity. Someone just said, 'Are you okay?' It made me realize that, yeah, I had really been complaining a lot, it had been a bad day. I took a deep cleansing breath, checked in with myself, and intentionally readjusted my attitude. Presto! That ugly paint job was inconsequential.

Life happens. Part of life includes 'bad' things. We have the choice to respond with either positivity or negativity. Emotions are choices.

Charles Hannel, author of 'The Master Key System', (an incredible study in self-improvement and higher consciousness) said of attitude, "The predominant thought or the mental attitude is the magnet, and the law is that like attracts like, consequently, the mental attitude will invariably attract such conditions as correspond to its nature."

Reorienting yourself to a 'yes' attitude will get you more 'yes' in return.
About the Author
Kenrick Cleveland teaches techniques to earn the business of affluent prospects using persuasion. He runs public and private seminars and offers home study courses and coaching programs in persuasion techniques.
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