Several years ago I saw the Jim Carey movie, Yes Man. The premise is that he’s a negative guy whose life is boring because he says no to everything. He decides to begin saying yes all the time, so of course, hilarious situations result.
This movie inspired me to look at my life, and I realized that the basic premise is true. When I say no to things, my life is quiet and dull. I often let laziness, fear of the unknown, looking stupid, rejection or looking foolish, stop me from saying yes. Then I feel stagnant and nothing happens in my life. I’m so busy trying to stay “safe”, that I don’t make room for all of the good new things to come in.
Ignoring Fears and Objections
I noticed that when I ignore my fears and objections, and am open to new experiences, wonderful, fun things happen.
I decided to begin saying yes to things unless there is a good reason to decline (laziness, fear of looking foolish or of the unknown are not good reasons.)
As a result, I’ve recently accepted several speaking engagements, taken on new volunteer commitments, met lots of fun and interesting people, and made new friends.
I’ve also had the opportunity to stretch my comfort zone, which makes me feel even stronger and more empowered. Also, these experiences have helped me realize I can do things I didn’t know I could do, and as a result, I have grown.
So this month I’m reflecting on how much more fun and interesting life is when I’m open to new things, and I’m focusing on just saying yes to life.
What about you?