How Saying ‘Yes’ Opens New Opportunities

by | Sep 20, 2014 | Self Help

How Saying ‘Yes’ Opens New Opportunities

by | Sep 20, 2014 | Self Help

I used to be an expert at saying, ‘No.’ I would say no to friends, food, new experiences, and ideas. Saying ‘No’ always led to fewer opportunities coming my way: friends would stop inviting me places, I’d eat the same food everyday, live the same experiences, and be stuck in my routine way of thinking.

So, can you imagine what happened when I started saying ‘Yes’? Everything changed. I suddenly found myself surrounded by positive, vibrant people; challenging myself with amazing experiences; and exploring new ways of thinking. Saying ‘Yes’ has helped me grow, and I now find that I have an abundance of positive experiences that come my way.

I recently entered myself in a Humorous Speaking Contest. I felt sick in my stomach before speaking, but I won! Now I am competing in the state competition. I have long wanted to be a storyteller – having admired documentary makers and great public speakers for their ability to tell authentic, real human stories. Tomorrow I am pitching my first story which will hopefully be delivered at an event in the next few weeks. I received news last week that I am a finalist in the Act-Belong-Commit awards, which recognise individual contributions to community Mental and Physical well-being. Lastly, saying ‘Yes’ recently led to a 40-minute TV interview about my recovery from mental illness that will be showing (in its whittled-down 5-minute version) on Australian TV soon. It is amazing to think that sharing my story could give someone the hope they need to realise that there is much more to life than saying ‘No’.

I am so grateful for the seemingly endless opportunities that are coming my way at the moment, as well as the kind words that I receive so often from the people around me. Despite being unsuccessful in a job I applied for recently and losing a close relationship, I feel good knowing that there is an upside to most situations.

If you are not saying ‘Yes’ already, I encourage you to take your ‘No’ attitude out in to the open and make a small change in the opposite direction. You’d be amazed at what you find.