I’ve always been a person who constantly stayed in her comfort zone. I’m a big homebody and could spend most of my days secluded as the wonderful introvert I am.
However, about a year and a half ago, I decided to say yes. Yes to just about every opportunity that presented itself to me. No matter how far out of my comfort zone it was, I said I was determined to have a life and to experience new things. I decided to cast fear aside and stepped out on faith.
Within that year I published my first book. (Previously, my book sat on a thumb drive for probably four years) I accepted speaking engagements, hosted my first No More Bandages! conference and started several other endeavors. Scared, nervous and all. I said yes and did it.
In December, I had a cousin email me that I hadn’t seen in probably 30 years. She emailed me to congratulate me on publishing my first book and suggested that we get together to catch up. Typically I would have immediately said no. Again, the introvert I am would have been nervous about carrying the conversation, looking stupid, etc. etc. But instead I said sure, why not. If anything, I would gain a friend. That one dinner with two of my cousins has opened countless doors. I found out how awesome they are, each working in their nonprofit organizations and they inspired me to do more with my business and my ministry.
I can’t even begin to explain to you all the doors that have been opened because of that one small word, YES.
You’d be surprised at how much more of life you can enjoy when you actually make a decision to live it.
How many of you saw Jim Carrey’s movie Yes Man? He was a man stuck in a rut watching life pass him by. One day a friend invited him to a self help seminar. The main premise of the seminar was to simply say yes, say yes to any and everything. Once he decided to accept that YES, things started happening to him. He ran out of gas, met a girl, helped a guy on the verge of suicide and even played matchmaker.
Once he started saying yes, he started living. He met friends, traveled, met a woman he loved and even got a mail order bride. Okay, I know the mail order bride was a bit much but you see where I’m going.
Until we say yes to life, the answer is an automatic no.
I realize our comfort zone is pretty comfortable but we only get one shot at this thing called life so we might as well live it. If you have the mindset that you want to wait until just the right time, just the right day and until you have just the right amount money, it will never come. You’ll be diluting yourself and when it’s too late you will find out that the “right time” came and went.
I continue to watch the doors open in my life. Now some things I said yes to didn’t meet up to my expectations, but at least I said yes and had the experience. I’m not saying that you should blindly say yes to every situation or opportunity that presents itself as he did in the movie. I’m just saying be open to it. Before you quickly say no and dismiss it, think about it. Weigh the options. What’s the worse that could happen?
Life is a journey and it’s up to us to step out and take those steps. God places people and opportunities in our lives. But it’s up to us to move.
Don’t be a NO (wo)man, be a YES (wo)man and start living!
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