I recently watched a recording of Guy Kawasaki (Garage Technology Ventures) speaking to a group of business students at Standford University. He suggested we develop an attitude of always defaulting to Yes. It should be an immediate response to requests. It immediately puts us on the path to giving service to someone else. It isn’t an attitude of martyrdom, there will be time after the “yes” to analyze and schedule. It is simply a statement in the affirmative saying we will help in whatever way we can.
So, as I think about how to apply this to my life, I keep remembering the sweet sister in my ward who called on Sunday morning to ask me if I would feed the missionaries sometime this month. What I said was, “I don’t know. Let me look at my calendar. Oh, yes, this day works for me.”
Next time, I will say, “Yes. How does such-and-such day work for you?”