Here’s part seven of chapter three of my book, A Day of Hope.
ALWAYS SAY “YES”
The principle of always saying “yes” is one of my favorites in the entire book.
This principle was birthed out of feeling totally burned out and overwhelmed on many occasions. At times I would feel so tired, burnt out, and beat up that I just couldn’t do any more. I had nothing left to give. I realized that the passion I had to serve people far outweighed my ability to help them on my own. I could only work so much, and if I was going to serve and help as many people as possible, it was going to require more people to help.
Out of this experience I slowly adopted the principle that every time someone offered to help me with A Day of Hope, I would say, “Yes” to their offer. It didn’t matter what it was, who it was, or when they offered to help; my goal was to be able to say, “Yes” to their offer regardless of any other circumstance. This allowed them to lighten my workload.
One of my leadership weaknesses that I’m still working on is learning to delegate more. In the past I would rarely delegate or allow others to help me. If they offered to do something I already knew how to do or planned on doing, I would tell them that I had it taken care of. Little did I realize that every time I told them I didn’t need their help, I was inadvertently telling them they shouldn’t offer to help in the future because I “had it taken care of.”
I began to say “yes” to every single offer someone had for A Day of Hope. If someone offered to do a fundraiser car wash on a Saturday, I would say, “Yes, go for it!” If someone offered to make us a new website (even though we already had a pretty good one), I would say, “Yes, make something new and let me have a look at it.” What I’ve found is the more I’ve learned to say, “Yes” to people’s offers to help me, the more they seem to offer.
Remember that anytime someone offers to assist your effort to serve people in need, you have to find a way to say, “Yes.” Find a way to say yes so they can do some good to help you raise funds, gather food, and raise awareness for your project to help people in need.