My personality type is the Helper. I love to do things for others. I want to be there to support you in everything that you do. I have a strong desire to be hyper-involved in my community.
In Baptiste yoga, there is an emphasis on being a “yes.” Being a “yes” means showing up when you say you are going to show up, and giving 110%. It means taking risks, and stepping out of your comfort zone to take on challenges you might otherwise turn down. I’ve learned a lot about being a “yes” throughout my time at 502 Power Yoga.
However, I am finding that being a “yes” doesn’t mean committing to each and every opportunity that arises. It does not mean agreeing to take everything on until you wind up burnt out and showing up at 50% or worse. Saying “no” can be just as empowering.
For example, I am saying no to attending a friend’s yoga class tonight. As much as I want to be there to support her, I have already committed to two other events tonight, a class of my own and a friend’s art show. I am saying no because I don’t think I would be able to show up 110% for her after already giving my all to two other commitments.
This is a balance I seek: to make select commitments to which I can be a “yes.” To commit to things that I am truly passionate about. To be fully present in the commitments I make.
Some helpful questions to ask before making a commitment:
- Do I have the proper amount of time to devote to this, or will I feel rushed?
- Will this commitment take away from previous commitments I have made?
- Am I the best person for this job, or is there someone who would better fit this need?
- Does this align with my values and immediate or long-term goals?
- Will this nourish me as well as others?
- Am I passionate about this? Will I show up at 110%?