It starts with Yes.
When was the last time you said Yes to something you really wanted?
I’m guessing the last time you thought of something fun, fantastic –or even somewhat unreasonable — you quickly swatted the thought down and countered with a NO-based thought.
I can’t do that … I don’t have time.
I can’t do that … I’m not ready.
… I haven’t done _____ (insert some arbitrary barrier) yet.
… I don’t have enough money.
… I’m too tired.
When was the last time you said Yes to something important?
It’s a simple thought, really. It’s about an attitude change. What matters to you. What really matters?
Sometimes, saying Yes is really about saying Yes to the things that matter and No to the things that don’t matter. Say YES to more time to yourself. To alone time. To exercise. To the things that you really want to do. To long-term goals over short-term pleasures. To helping others. To having less.
If you were the only person on this planet, and the only person with whom to spend the rest of your life, what would you do?
Where would you go? What would be important to you?
Perhaps you have a big, gutsy, terrifying dream. It doesn’t matter what it is. If you’re saying No before you’ve even begun, then you have no hope of getting to your dream.
The first part is Yes. So say yes to the possibility.
Enjoy the whimsical fantasy.
What would happen if you really said Yes to everything you actually wanted?
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This month, I caved and I started saying Yes to Saying No. This simple thought led me to a decision to take 30 days off – while still working – and deliberately choose to spend the next 30 days of my life as “30 days of less.”
Read the first post, “Yes + No, More + Less” about my decision to give up digital communication (for a short time), and give up a few other things in order to make more space in my life. I did this so that I can say yes to the things that really matter.
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