Monday Morning Boost: Say No To Say Yes

Monday Morning Boost: Say No To Say Yes

In a world filled with endless choices and opportunities, it’s easy to fall into the trap of saying yes to everything that comes our way. We often fear missing out or disappointing others, leading us to spread ourselves thin and losing sight of what truly matters.

As we explore the concept of “Say No to Say Yes”, we will focus our conversation on these Power of Three core points that resonate deeply with the human experience.


The first step in unlocking the power of saying no is embracing discipline in our lives. The poem rightly suggests that by cutting out what is wasteful and unproductive, we gain back more of our time and energy. Discipline is not about depriving ourselves of joy; it’s about aligning our actions with our aspirations and priorities. Just as a skilled craftsman sharpens their knife to make precise cuts, so too can we hone our decision-making skills to carve out a path that leads to a much better life.

The best way to say yes
To a much better life
Is learn how to say no
To that which creates strife
Discipline brings freedom
Time to sharpen your knife
Cut out all that is waste
Gain back more of your life
~ Les Patterson ~

Saying no to distractions and unproductive habits allows us to focus on what truly matters to us. By establishing healthy boundaries and being intentional with our choices, we liberate ourselves from the burden of constant busyness and gain the freedom to invest our time in things that bring fulfillment. Whether it’s pursuing our passions, spending quality time with loved ones, or nurturing our personal growth, saying no to the trivial paves the way for saying yes to a life of purpose and meaning.


Often, saying no to the good is a daunting task, as it requires making tough decisions and letting go of comfortable routines. Saying no to the good is what grants us the permission to say yes to the best. When we declutter our lives from mediocrity and embrace a higher standard, we create space for remarkable opportunities and experiences to come our way.

Just as one closes a window to open a door, saying no to certain things allows us to welcome new and exciting possibilities. By setting clear boundaries and knowing our priorities, we can seize the opportunities that align with our authentic selves, leading us to discover our true potential.

It’s okay to say no
To things that just don’t fit
Like eating well and doing chores
And boring stuff like that
But when it comes to cheesecake
You must always say yes to it
Easy to make room for deliciousness
And enjoy every tiny bit!
~ Les Patterson ~

But sometimes it’s alright to say yes to indulgence, at least when it really matters… like cheesecake! It’s crucial to say yes to moments of delight, to allow ourselves to enjoy life’s simple pleasures, and not be too restrictive in our pursuits. By balancing saying no to the unnecessary with saying yes to moments of joy and self-care, we achieve a harmonious and fulfilling existence.


The final point encapsulates the paradoxes of life and the interconnectedness of our experiences. Laughing enables us to appreciate the value of shedding tears, as the highs and lows complement each other and provide a richer understanding of our emotions. Similarly, loving someone makes us vulnerable to being hurt, but it’s through this vulnerability that we truly connect with others and experience profound empathy.

Say No to say Yes
Laugh so you can Cry
Love that you may Hurt
Live so one day you may Die
~ Les Patterson ~

Embracing the circle of life is perhaps the ultimate way of saying yes to life. Choose to live to the fullest knowing that one day it will come to an end. This perspective reminds us of the impermanence of our existence and the importance of cherishing every moment we have. By acknowledging and accepting the cycle of life, we can find greater peace and live with a deeper sense of purpose


In conclusion, “Say No to Say Yes” can offer profound insights into living a fulfilling life. Embracing discipline allows us to find freedom in our choices, while saying no to the good paves the way for welcoming the best. Additionally, embracing life’s paradoxes teaches us the value of every experience and the impermanence of our journey.

Saying no to the good
Will be a daunting test
That grants permission
To say yes to your best
Say goodbye to the trite
Bekon hello to all the rest
Closed windows open doors
Boundaries established bless
Free now from conditional traps
Soar high beyond your empty nest
~ Les Patterson ~ 

As we reflect on these timeless teachings, let us remember that it’s okay to say no to the things that don’t align with our purpose. By doing so, we create the space to say yes to what truly matters, leading us on a path of authenticity, growth, and joy. So, let us embrace the Power of Three, saying no to say yes, and embark on a journey towards a life of fulfillment and contentment.

Thanks for letting me share! Have a beautiful Monday!

I love you!


p.s. Take 13 minutes today to intentionally focus on saying no so you can say yes.



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