- No, you are not normal
- No, you have a chemical imbalance
- No, you need to take these drugs
- No, you need to take them for the rest of your life
- No, you lack insight
- No, you need to understand: this is your life now
- No, we can’t give you a full time position
- No, you’ll never work again
- No, you can’t make your own choices
- No, we can’t listen to you – you’re not “a professional”.
- No, what you experience is not “real”
- No, we will decide how you describe yourself
- No, its not me discriminating against you- it’s the “stigma” you feel
Many of us labelled with mental health diagnoses hear nothing but No.
Living a life mostly controlled by others is a sure way to become sick, and no way to get well.
Divest yourself from the coalition of No, join the world of possibilities and human potential.
Inspired by Seth Godin’s daily blog, today…by Seth Godin
The coalition of No
It’s easy to join.
There are a million reasons to say no, but few reasons to stand up and say yes.
No requires just one objection, one defensible reason to avoid change. No has many allies–anyone who fears the future or stands to benefit from the status quo. And no is easy to say, because you actually don’t even need a reason.
No is an easy way to grab power, because with yes comes responsibility, but no is the easy way to block action, to exert the privilege of your position to slow things down.
No comes from fear and greed and, most of all, a shortage of openness and attention. You don’t have to pay attention or do the math or role play the outcomes in order to join the coalition that would rather things stay as they are (because they’ve chosen not to do the hard work of imagining how they might be).
And yet the coalition of No keeps losing. We live in a world of yes, where possibility and innovation and the willingness to care often triumph over the masses that would rather it all just quieted down and went back to normal.
Yes is the new normal. And just in time.