A term I used often and heard a lot growing up. I choose to say yes to life more often than not. Yes to the trip I think I can’t afford. Yes to the 3rd pizza this week. Yes to the new and scary opportunities coming my way. Yes to experiences. And yes to being 100% myself because I’m finally in a place where I can say, I love who I am. I’m happy ( most days ) with my body, my heart, my mind, my amazing little family and it’s only going to get better as I grow.
After all, life is about making the best choices that can help you and the people you care about live a better life. However, these choices are not always easy to make. A decision made might, for instance, have great short-term value, but hurts you or others in the long-run. At the same time, other decisions might have the opposite effect. The important life decisions you make are therefore rarely easy. However, my hope is that saying yes will help you to make more effective decisions moving forward.
The Passion of Saying YES
Saying YES means making the most of every opportunity and encounter. It means taking chances to stretch your comfort zone, to overcome your insecurities, to beat fear, to get through failure, criticism, rejection, and embarrassment with a positive spirit. It essentially means knowing what you need “more” of in your life to help you live a more optimal life. And often the things we need most we resist because they make us feel uncomfortable.
Saying YES, of course, isn’t easy. In fact, saying NO is often the easiest thing to do, however, maybe we should start saying YES more often when saying NO feels more convenient. Just maybe we should start living life more adventurously.
This is all of course fantastic, but what exactly does it all mean? And exactly what kind of things should we be saying YES to? Here is a list of things that I think we should be saying YES to that will help us live a more optimal life:
- Say YES to opportunities to attempt something new that you hadn’t tried before.
Dare to try something new and something different. Convince yourself that you have no limits. Remember, if you never try, you’ll never know.
- Say YES to possibilities for new adventures, challenges, and experiences.
Never be afraid to branch out and explore new things. Grow in your experiences. You’ll never be bored when you try something new.
- Say YES to things that somewhat scare you or that you don’t quite understand.
Face your fear. Yes, it can be scary and confusing, however, allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving and progressing is even much scarier.
- Say YES to things that break your monotonous habits, and routines.
Change it up! As the age-old saying goes, a change is as good as a holiday. Challenge yourself and break your routine. Try new activities and upgrade your mindset.
- Say YES to things that help you learn something new about yourself, about others and about life.
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zones. Care to learn something new about yourself as you do for others.
- Say YES to building friendships and connections with strangers.
Learn to say the magic word “Hi!” and turn strangers into friends. Building friends is also building trust in the people around you.
This is by no means some of the exhaustive list of things that I think we should be saying YES to more often, however it does cover quite an array of scenarios that can help everyone experience more of what life has to offer. Saying YES in all the above scenarios possibly won’t make much of a difference as to how you live your life. And yes, that can certainly be true. It might not make much of a difference at all, but on the other hand, it just might. 🙂
So, saying YES today might not make a significant difference tomorrow, however, it might very well send your life in a brand new direction that will bring about tremendous benefits in the future.
“Some of the best things that have ever happened to you in life, happened because you said yes to something. Otherwise things just sort of stay the same.” – Danny Wallace
Written by: Willyn Enriquez