What’s Your Reactivity IQ?

22 Sep


Yes, I’m that odd duck that takes a picture of a Southwest napkin but I loved this slogan. In a world full of no, we need yes!

I’m quick to say, “no,” to things in my life so when I see a napkin that urges me to say, “yes,” it’s a nice reminder.

Much of what we say, “yes,” and “no” to has to do with how we perceive life.

Reactivity can be positive and negative.

When we reactive positively, this enhances our greater good. For instance, if I’m a football player and the ball is thrown to me, catching it would be ideal. Running with the ball in my hands would be even better!

However, when we over-react, we get stressed. We bleed our energy by imagining all of the bad things that might occur. This symbolizes a colossal “no” and puts our bodies and minds on over-drive. Systems then constrict and shut down.

I’m classic at saying, “no”, particularly when good things are happening in my life. The more good that comes my way, the more I tell myself no. The voices in my head say that I’ll get too tired, too stressed, too busy, too overwhelmed. I fear something catastrophic will happen. I tell myself that I’ll choke. I’ll let someone down. I’ll turn my back on one thing as I go after another. I tell myself that I can’t have it all.

“In a world full of no, we’re a plane full of yes.” Thank you, SouthWest.

Our reactivity IQ dramatically influences our well being.

How do we say yes, and yes, and yes?!!!

Because yes = possibilities, joy, solutions, and expansion.

No simply means no.

What’s your reactivity IQ and what are you saying yes and no to?

4 Responses to “What’s Your Reactivity IQ?”

  1. marykoepkefields September 22, 2017 at 10:26 pm #

    I love the Southwest napkins. Playful. I, too, took pictures of the napkins on one of my last trips.

    • lisesletters September 23, 2017 at 12:30 am #

      How funny! Great minds think alike. 🙂

  2. gaelle1947 September 23, 2017 at 12:57 am #

    I can only speak from my own experience…but there may be others out there who feel the same way. Having went through severe burnout (from life …not just one or two incidents), if I suspect something will entail undue expectations or on-going obligations, my response is emphatically “NO!”. I can’t go down that road again. But I say YES to anything that will expand my consciousness, skills, creativity and opportunities to share my experience if it can be helpful to those around me.

    • lisesletters September 23, 2017 at 1:24 am #

      Exactly! I so appreciate your comment. Saying, “NO!” can be powerful and necessary at times. I, however often turn down opportunities that would increase my vitality, which is silly and counter-intuitive. It’s important to discern between the soul draining commitments and ones that give us our mojo back. The ones in the latter category typically allow us to do far more than we realize we’re capable of.

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