You may well ask, what does saying “Yes” actually mean? Here are some of my thoughts:
At its heart, saying “Yes” means that we are saying “Yes” to our lives and the circumstances we find ourselves in. We are accepting the facts and the situation as they are, rather than fighting them or resisting them emotionally. This in turn means we are saying “Yes: to all of life – the situation, our relationship, our history, our personality, our perceived shortcomings as well as our dreams, aspirations and hopes for the future, rather than just the parts of it we find acceptable.
Saying “Yes” also means making the most of every opportunity and encounter that comes our way. It means taking chances, stretching outside our comfort zone, acknowledging and owning our insecurities – even if we are working to overcome them; acknowledging and working with our fears; working through what we perceive as failures, criticisms, and rejection.
In short, saying “Yes” means turning up more in our lives, embracing all the good, the uncomfortable, the challenges. Saying “Yes” means expanding what might be possible.
Author: Maureen Owen
Maureen supports leaders and their teams to navigate and lead at the edge. Committed to genuine partnership, she encourages clients to use the challenges they face as catalysts for growth, and the opportunity to learn, to bring more of themselves, their gifts, their potential and humanity forward.