For your Magnificence,
If it’s not a YES, then it’s a NO.
It’s a fact that most people never live up to their true potential. Why? We say we want a happy, fulfilled life but then send out messages that don’t match up, in the end settling for something far less than we imagined.
While there are many reasons for this, the most crucial reason is our ability (or inability in this case) to say YES to life. It is the single most important step in getting the momentum moving in the right direction that a NO simply won’t deliver.
I can’t even count the number of times I have spoken to someone who told me they wanted to move up in their career or meet new people, make a change in routine, but when a simple invitation is offered for lunch, they invented all kinds of reasons why they are too busy. They can’t and won’t make time for the life that they want because they cannot break away from the life they already have however draining, unhappy and chaotic it is. It may not serve in any purpose except for being familiar.
When actually faced with the decision to become involved, obstacles appear. Yes, it can be very scary. But if you ever want to expand your horizons and invite a new possibility into your life, you will need to put yourself in a position to do so. These changes will not happen by staying in your protective shell, doing the same thing, making the same choices. Nothing ever happened by saying NO.
And what happens when you say NO too many times? You cut yourself off from the very opportunities you dreamed about in the first place.
When I am inviting people to an event, if someone has continuously responded NO in the past then I assume they are not interested and I don’t call back. As a general rule, I put responses in three categories: “Yes” means YES, “Maybe” means NO, and “No” means NO.
Let’s face it, if you really want to do something, you’ll say YES. And I really want something in my life, I’ll say YES with full mind, body and soul.
Saying YES is actually a state of being receptive. It is a state of being willing to take risks and receive what life has to offer. It may not always be fireworks but a YES person will usually find some golden nugget in every situation that the NO person would never discover.
A YES will enable a new way of looking at things, a new skill, contact or even develop a new way of seeing yourself in the process that will take you further along in your journey that a NO person will never experience that day.
It may not always be pleasant, it could even be risky, but that’s what will separate a YES person from a NO person.
That’s the whole point though. Your life will change. Seeing the evidence of these changes will show you that it is working. It will feel totally new at first, then, over time, this new feeling will subside and actually be replaced as your new “normal”. Congratulations! You are now a Yes person.
I know you’re busy and have a million things to do. I also know that you desire and deserve an extraordinary life of happiness. But answer me this, are you turning down opportunities to create a better life for yourself by saying NO!?
Start today. Say YES. There is nothing that will change your life for you more than this simple little word.
When you start to say YES to life, then life will say YES to you.
Are you ready?
As you take each step I will be there reminding you of your Magnificence, and I will continue to do so, until you are able to see it in yourself.
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