YES is one powerful little word. It says, “I’m IN the game!” YES I Can. YES I Will.
Wherever YES goes commitment, action and change follow.
In 2013 Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, threw his support behind saying YES, when he delivered the commencement address at the University of California at Berkeley.
“Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country. Say yes to meeting new friends. Say yes to learning a new language, picking up a new sport. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job. Yes is how you find your spouse and even your kids. Even if it’s a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means you will do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference in your life, and likely in other’s lives as well…Yes is a tiny word that can do big things. Say it often.”
Saying YES requires courage. Comfort zones are left behind. The road is unknown, full of twists and turns. Failure could be lurking around the corner.Those who say it are willing to navigate the course whatever it may bring. They know there will be surprises but the journey will be oh so sweet!
When I say YES I come alive. It forces me to be present and in-the-moment. I feel strong, capable and open for adventure. When I think of the times I’ve said no, I see that I have chosen safety and smallness over adventure, risk and growth. That’s not how I want Life Part II to be lived. I want life to be expansive, rich and full. I want to become all I was meant to be. I want to surprise myself.
What will you say YES to in 2014?
“How can you know what you are capable of if you don’t embrace the unknown.” Esmeralda Santiago
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