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This time last year I took a leaf out of Santa’s book and made a list. It wasn’t a list of big audacious goals or hopes and dreams for the future, it was a list of all the little things. Small simple pleasures which I keep meaning to do but never quite get round to; dinner in a particular restaurant, tickets to a sporting event, swimming at a local beach. I stuck it up on the wall with every good intention of ticking off most of it, and guess what, tick it off I did!

On the occasional blissfully agenda-less weekend I’d glance over my list and go and do something. I’ve had the pleasure of the wonderful West Somerset Railway, seen a cricket match at Somerset cricket ground, spent a fabulous Christmas evening at Dunster by Candlelight, delighted in Marwood Hill gardens and walked some sections of the South West Coast Path amongst many other things.

Curiously, the more I ticked off the more I added, filled with confidence that things on the list will happen I’ve created the magic porridge pot of the list world!

We’re often encouraged to focus on big goals and dreams and forget the small stuff, I beg to differ!

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‘Yes’ opens up new possibilities, builds on ideas and drives a conversation forward to new horizons. When we hear ‘yes’ we engage, we commit, we see new opportunities. When we hear ‘no’ we disconnect, we shut down, we comply. 

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t about ceding to another person’s needs, wants and ideas this is about that spark that ignites new ideas and the human energy and commitment to make it happen.    

It goes like this; 

  • “Let’s write a blog every week for our website”
  • “Yes, and we could take it in turns” 
  • “Yes, and we could have a rota so we can be thinking about it in advance” 
  • “Yes, and we could invite other people to be guest bloggers” 
  • “Yes, and we could also send the links out on twitter” 
  • “Yes, and we could put it on our other social media platforms like facebook and linkedin”    

Another version of the conversation could have been; 

  • “Let’s write a blog every week for our website”
  • “We’re all really busy and I’m not sure anyone would read it. I’m not sure it’s worth the effort” (essentially ‘no’).    

And because we write a blog every week we have all sorts of interesting people contact us via various social media platforms, none of that would have happened without our ‘yes’ a few years ago.    

So, on this bright sunny June day, if you’re looking for something new and exciting, I implore you to say ‘yes’.  

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