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Finding the YES in NO

Article by Drs Bil and Cher Holton

No is one of the most difficult words to deal with, especially when we desperately want something, or feel it is critical for our success and happiness. In sales, NO is the leading cause of ‘fear of rejection complex’ that causes so many people to get out of business!

‘No’ was a difficult word for Bil and me to hear when we created amazing proposals, only to find someone else was selected to do the job. But here’s how we began to hear the YES in NO. We started saying “Thanks for saying no!”

For example, when we received news that we weren’t chosen to give a keynote presentation we immediately followed up with a note, thanking the prospective client for offering us the opportunity to be chosen ~ and included positive affirmations for them to have a great conference.

Then we offered our services for future events. We also indicated that, should something happen at the last minute where they found they needed a speaker, to feel free to contact us. We usually

Incredibly, we found that we were often contacted immediately to discuss next year’s conference! We had learned how to find the YES in NO by looking at a more long-term response.

How many times do you run into obstacles which seem to wave a big red ” NO” in front of you? It seems so easy to just cave in, and say, “Forget it!” But in Mark 10:27, Jesus makes a stunning statement: “With God, all things are possible.” What exactly does that mean? It conjures up all kinds of debates, like “Yeah, possible, but how probable?” Or “This sounds good, but it won’t work in the real world!”

Suppose someone asked you to cut a hole in a 5×7 card big enough for someone to step through it. Because you’re a good Truth practitioner, you’d want to act like a believer. So you’d say, “All things are possible” and you’d even take action – but in the end you’d throw up your hands and say, “This stuff doesn’t work!”

As we make that connection with the Christ of us, our God center, we are open to the Divine Flow of everything we ever need. However, until we make that connection, our human self sees the appearance of obstacles, of “NOs.” So, how do we move through that process, so we can always find the YES in No?


1) Expect the Yes in No

This relates completely to our attitude of expectancy. So often, we get exactly what we are expecting. Not necessarily what we want, or what we hope for – but what we expect! Shakespeare said it long ago: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

Sometimes we create huge NO’s simply because of our expectations, which translate into our behaviors. For example, from a survey of key personnel executives of 100 major American businesses, here are some of the accounts of unusual behavior by job applicants:

“… said she was so perfect that if he didn’t get the job, it would prove that the company’s management was incompetent.”

“… announced he hadn’t had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fries in the interviewer’s office.”

“Balding candidate suddenly excused himself. Returned to office a few minutes later, wearing a hairpiece.”

“…she vomited on my desk, and immediately began asking questions about the job, like nothing had happened.”

“When asked the reason for leaving last job: They insisted all employees arrive at work by 8:45 am every morning. I couldn’t work under those conditions.”

We do it to ourselves! So what are we expecting?

Lowell Fillmore shares how Adam named the animals in the creation story, and describes how in like manner, we can name our conditions as either bad or good, yes or no. Since we have this creative power, why not name things good?

Look at how ridiculous the concept of Good versus Bad is. Just one example: Is coffee good or bad for you? Depends on which research you find. A recent Harvard research article reported in WebMD that coffee reduces your risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and colon cancer-lifts your mood and treats headaches-improves athleticism, and can even lower your risk of cavities!

So begin now to Expect the Yes in No!

2) Embrace the YES in NO.

This suggests creating an attitude of joy, knowing that at the level of spirit, it already is. It is important to realize that what you think of or experience is more important than the thing or experience itself. Whenever you become aware of a barrier that seems to be saying “NO!” immediately affirm YES!

We have crafted what we call the “Apostrophe Effect” ~ which we’ve shared before, but feel it is so important we want to share it again. When you face the NO’s of life, remember this. Imagine the word IMPOSSIBLE. Put an apostrophe between the ‘I’ and the ‘M.’ what does it spell now? I’M POSSIBLE! Practice creating the ‘Intention of Embracing the YES in NO.’

3) Expand the Yes in No.

Here we’re indicating the need to it on projecting an attitude of hope and encouragement to others. You can begin educating others so that instead of asking “Why did this happen to me?” they learn how to ask the question, “How can I use this for good?” Here’s a little tip for you: It’s all in how it’s spelled!

You run smack into a tough situation, and immediately you see N-O, NO! But suppose you changed the spelling to K-N-O-W, KNOW? This becomes a trigger to remind you that you KNOW there is a YES in that No, and you KNOW that you are one with Divine Substance, where all things work together for good – where all things are possible!

And just in case you run into a really difficult situation which challenges your belief to the fullest, contact us to show you how you can step through a 5×7 index card.

We K-N-O-W, KNOW, that all things are possible when we are connected to our Christ Center! And as you practice the art of ‘Expecting the Yes in NO,’ ‘Embracing the Yes in No,’ and ‘Expanding the Yes in No,’ you will harvest the benefits in terms of walking the spiritual path on practical feet!

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