The “yes and” technique is a favorite technique people use in improv.
The idea is that you never stop the momentum. No matter what anyone says – you just say “yes and” and then keep the train going – accepting the premise the other person put forward – no matter how ridiculous it is
The popularity has spilled over into business, brainstorming and other communication classes, but it works well with hard things with yourself as well.
When shit sucks – it’s tempting to start listing out why.
- It’s hot.
- I don’t want to.
- Things aren’t fair.
- It’s too expensive.
- I probably can’t pull it off anyways.
Instead of letting those be final statements – yes-and them.
I don’t want to…
Things aren’t fair.
It’s too expensive.
I probably can’t pull it off anyways.
Pretty soon you run out of reasons why not to do something and the list of reasons why you shouldn’t bother becomes the stack of reasons why it’s worth doing.
Turn the excuse into the expected.
Do it anyways.