In the last few weeks, my life has taken a dramatic turn around and it’s all down to changing my mind set on one word… Yes!
I’ve knows for a long time now that saying ‘no’ is a safe answer, it means that you can safely head home, order a pizza and watch a whole series on Netflix, it means that you keep your satisfactory 9-5 job and safely pay your bills on time. It means you’ll be in a place where no one can hurt you or say anything mean… When you’re saying ‘no’, you’re staying within your comfort zone…
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” – Neale Donald Walsch
For example, was I in my comfort zone when I decided to leave everybody I knew and move to London with no job, no friends and no money? Did I feel comfortable leaving a job I absolutely hated, with the risk of not finding any better work? Am I in my comfort zone when people from all over the world read my blog?
Hell No! But there is no doubt that these moments in my life have been the most influential and beneficial.
By simply answering with the word ‘yes’ you suddenly feel more in-control of your life…
Say yes when your friends ask you out for drinks, as it’s a guaranteed way of strengthening your friendship and a possibility of being introduced to new people who are on the same wave length as you.
Say yes to travel, as it will open your mind to new ways of living and will connect you with people from all over the globe.
Say yes to your needs, more sleep, more love, more exercise, more funny TV shows. Whatever it is, don’t deny yourself any of it.
Say yes when a little voice inside says ‘this way of life just isn’t working for me anymore’. When you accept that something needs to change whether it be your job, your mind-set, your location, your relationship, whatever. You are saying yes to life. You’re opening doors, you’re creating new paths, you’re breaking out of your comfort zone!
I wanted to share this with you as I’ve not always been this open to life. I’ve suffered from social anxiety and shyness throughout time and if anyone else reading this suffers from it, you can probably list all the events you’ve missed out on or the opportunities turned down, even when you know deep down you want to do them, there is something in the way stopping you.
Try to say yes to something you would usually say no to and see what happens. My shyness and social anxiety is a thing of the past just because I said yes to good friendships and yes to confidence!
“The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.” – Benedict Cumberbatch
Thank you for reading, I hope this has helped in one way or another. What’s the biggest achievement ‘Yes’ has brought you? 🙂