• How about saying yes to your children all day and seeing what happens? Hear me out, it’s not as mad as it first seems. You'll need some basic ground rules, but once you’ve set those, it could be fun. Perhaps not one for every day, but as a monthly treat? You never know, you may discover something about yourself when you kick back and let the power of yes take control for the day.

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  • Saying yes to your children may be achievable, it may even be a lot of fun, but saying yes to yourself can be harder. We're generally conditioned to put others' needs before our own. But how can we be effective parents, spouses, friends or children, when we don’t care about our own emotional needs? Saying yes to ourselves is the first step to finding some balance in our lives.

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  • Saying yes could also mean not only emotional stability and well-being but new experiences. Doing so can take you out of your comfort zone and deliver success in your professional and personal life. Saying yes to trying new experiences will challenge you and what you believe you are capable of. It will stretch you, and even if it brings you failures, you will learn and grow from them.

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  • Of course, saying yes to everything you need in your life will mean you will have to learn to say no, too. Women especially can be natural people-pleasers, but if they're only pleasing everyone but themselves, they risk becoming resentful, bitter and completely burning out. In order to come back to life refreshed and ready to help others again, we need to remember to take some time for ourselves.

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  • By saying yes to ourselves we become positive role models for our children. We want the best for our families, for them to be happy, fulfilled and to have a genuine love for life. To do this, we need to lead by example and encourage them to say yes to the positive things around them.

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  • Sometimes saying yes to something very simple can be life-changing. Try saying yes to just one thing a day; it could be the thing that brings your world back into focus. It’s easy to lose our way – juggling home, family and work – especially if we’ve been using yes just to please people. Saying yes to ourselves can also mean saying yes to our family.

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  • Of course, once you’ve got into the power of the positive and saying yes all the time, you might want to carry on doing it for a month, a year, or even forever. If you want to know how one man turned saying yes to everything into a way of life, then you can read all about Danny Wallace's adventures.

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