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Problem solving? Think “Yes, and…” not “No, but …”

Language matters when you’re problem solving – generating information and ideas.
Focus on “Yes, and,” rather than “No, but.” The “Yes, and” mindset encourages people to expand their thoughts, which is necessary during certain stages of creative problem solving.

Using the word “but” – preceded by “yes” or “no” – ends conversation, and often negates what’s come before it.

“Yes, and…” lowers your ego and helps you hear other perspectives with openness.

This mindset also opens up your world to more possibilities. You don’t just shoot down ideas; you are allowing them to build into something that may just work well for you.

It also works very well in conflict. The other person feels that you are giving their opinions credence. It’s a softening mechanism.

J.O.T. [Just One Thing]

Through the years, many clients and students have reached out for guidance and support. They came seeking encouragement and assistance with relationship challenges. They asked tough questions. They explored their role in the relationship. They enhanced their communication and conflict resolution skills.  They adopted productive mindsets that helped them enrich their marriage, family life and so many other aspects of their lives.

Adai Ad’s (JOT) Just One Thing series was developed to share short and practical relationship insights, tools and mindsets every morning (via whatsapp and social media). These are widely received all over the world.

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