We love to say yes…

how to not create“Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: What is my truest intention? Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it’s right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it.” -Oprah Winfrey

Are you spending a lot of your time saying ‘yes’ to other people?  I have found that artistic creative people are called on by others ALOT.  Their skills are in demand, their creative brains are valued…and we creators…we say

  • “well, sure, i don’t mind making that poster for you!”
  • “I would love to write an article for the newsletter”
  • “Sure, I can direct the after school play.”
  • “a new business plan? heck, i can knock that out tonight for you!”

We like helping others, we feel valued, and our skills are being showcased.  Nothing wrong with this until it begins to replace our creative pursuits, until it begins to steal the time we spend mulling over new ideas, or the precious time we write or paint or dance…

Saying “no” won’t kill you…and it won’t kill them…but saying “yes” too many times can injure the very creative spirit that has brought them to you.

What one thing are you doing right now, for the wrong reasons?

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