Are You Yes or Are You No?

I read somewhere that by the age of 5 children will have heard discouragement in the form of words like “no”, “don’t” or “stop” something like 5,000 times more than positive words like “yes.”

We can speculate on how this might affect kids, but the movie Yes Man, starring Jim Carey, offers some insight. The movie tells the story of a sad and lonely man who decides to say yes in response to every question he is asked. His life immediately begins to attract abundance and happiness. This may be a fairytale, but have you ever noticed how often you say yes or no?

Try saying “yes” for a day. I dare you.

6 Responses to Are You Yes or Are You No?
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  2. Chayg
    July 23, 2010 | 16:03


  3. Shelly
    July 23, 2010 | 18:11

    Hey! What an awesome idea.. I will try that tomorrow… my son won't know what hit him and it will be interesting to see the results.. Haven't watched the movie yet – but I think I may now 🙂 Have you done it yet?

  4. Eliot Burdett
    July 23, 2010 | 21:37

    Hi Shelly, I have done it and it certainly takes effort. In learning sales we are taught to avoid using negative words to keep conversations positive and it is amazing how often we use the word no without realizing.

  5. Shelly
    July 23, 2010 | 22:08

    I really thought about it after reading your post -and I would imagine I say it about 2-3 more times that I even just thought I did… 🙂

  6. Eliot Burdett
    July 23, 2010 | 22:13

    I am sure that is the same for all of us. If you get a chance check out Succes Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill. I just finished it and it is a highly insightful book with ideas for everyone to attract more of the things they want.

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