Only Saying “Yes” — Lessons From The Flintstones

Do you remember that Flintstones episode where Fred had a double who could only say “yes” and Barney had a double who could only say “no?” It got them in all kinds of trouble.

Saying “yes” can be one of the most beautiful, generous things you can ever do. But it can also be one of the most harmful. On the other hand, saying “no” is often the right thing to do.

If you are a people-pleaser, you may be saying “yes” too frequently. And if you are afraid of trying new things, “no” may be your default for just about anything!

Here are a few guidelines – some dental some not.

If you are about to let a patient leave your office with dental treatment you are not 100% proud of, say NO.

If you want to do something but the only thing stopping you is that you are worried about what others may think, say YES!

If you are asked to take on a task but can’t do a good job, say NO.

On the other hand if an obsession with perfection is stopping you from being productive, stop being so anal and say YES!

If you are about to do something but don’t want others to find out about it, say NO.

If you are about to do something helpful but will not get any credit, say YES!

If you are going to enter a deal that benefits you but not the other party, say NO.

If you are compromising for someone you love and / or respect and can live with the results, say YES!

If you are asked to “slide something past the insurance company,” say NO.

If you have the opportunity to help a fellow human being, no matter how small the gesture, say YES!

If you are asked to cram something into your already busy schedule that you don’t want to do or simply don’t have time for, but just don’t know how to refuse – say NO.

If you have the chance to share knowledge or teach others a skill, say YES!

If something is going to distract you from that which truly matters, say NO.

If you’ve never done it before and are a bit nervous about stepping out of your comfort zone, say YES!

If it will create a habit that costs you in the long run, say NO.

Coach Rich
Coach Dave

Dr. David Madow and Dr. Richard Madow are actual dentists who have been helping dental offices become more successful for over 28 years. They are down to earth, real people who personally connect with their clients and are proud to call them friends. If you have a question for this column, please write to them at coaches@madow.com. We are now offering a complimentary 30-minute coaching session! Please CLICK HERE to schedule yours. Doctors only please.

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