Improvisation groups use those two words as a segway, a verbal cue to move the story forward. Yes, and…. the action pauses for a second until a clear and fresh direction is established.
Where in your life is your yes, and…..?
Yes, you’ll finish the assignment…. when?
Yes, you’ll clean the cupboard……when?
Yes, you’ll make the challenging phone call……when?
Yes, you’ll begin saving money for the downpayment – or retirement….when?
So often during the yes, and phase of life we build a mental barrier that leaves us lingering in the positivity of the Yes! yet mired in a weighted unease that makes the pause before taking action longer and more torturous than it need be.
Simply stating the when and then taking even the smallest action in the fresh direction is what empowering ourselves is all about. Small actions lead to accomplishments and pushing past the “and” to completed tasks and realized dreams.
It is easy to make the excuse, to distract ourselves and procrastinate, but lingering in that pause is dispiriting, debilitating, depressing.
In the pause – breathe. (You were neglecting to take that breath, you too, eh?) and…
I will finish and post this blog.
I will open a savings account and create even the most minimal of automatic transfers into that savings account.
I will take the contents of the cupboard, place it all on the floor, curate and edit and organize until an agreeable order reveals itself.
I will outline the whats of the assignment, make a calendar for completion and prioritize completion of the assignment so that I can confidently report to my inner boss:
Yes, and…. Mission accomplished!