If you are like most people, chances are that you did not appreciate being told “no” all the time when you were younger. Yet, many of us continue through life with a permanent “NO” sign slapped across our brains without even realizing it
The moment we have a brilliant idea, we think: “oh, i can’t do that”, “i don’t know where to start from”, “its too obvious”, or the grand daddy of them all, “I’ll start tomorrow”. Falling into the habit of denying ourselves permission to live out our dreams has nothing to do with inability or lack of information. The problem is that most of us don’t know that we need to re-program our minds to start saying “yes” to our abilities. For some strange reason, it feels more noble to do things that help us grow our medicine cabinet than to do things that help us grow a sense of self actualization.
When all is said and done, doesn’t it just make more sense to live a life that is full of adventure, colorful anecdotes, and intense passion? Like all good things in life, this type of lifestyle comes with some effort. It starts with learning to say “yes” the moment our dreams come knocking. Doing this is most certainly not an instant transformation; however, it is a life skill that will serve you well once you master it.
The easiest way to learn how to say yes is to pay attention to that voice in your head that keeps telling you that you will not achieve your goals. Identify and write down that goal on a piece of paper then write the word, “yes” beside your dream. Put that piece of paper in a place where you will see it often and tell yourself “yes” every time you think about it. Repeatedly going through this process will create in your subconscious mind, a belief that it is indeed possible to follow through on your ambitions. At this stage, it is up to you to act on that dream. It’s up to you to decide what you need to do to make it happen, but once you cultivate this habit of snatching your dreams back from the NO monster, your battle is half won. There are many other potent techniques to achieving a positive “can-do” mindset, but this one requires the least investment and is incredibly powerful.
A mind that has not learned to say yes is like a bird that never learned to fly. It is stuck, hungry, and unhappy. Don’t be the bird that gets left behind. Create that daring, exciting, and stimulating life you’ve always dreamed of by simply saying “yes”.