2017 is bending down on one knee, promising to open my world up to new experiences, and huge opportunities. All I have to do is let go of the fear, and say yes. The problem is, I’m just not sure if I’m ready for the risk…or the commitment. I don’t know if I’m ready for my year of yes.
Believe me, no one loves hearing the word yes more than I do!
Do you think I’m beautiful? Yes.
Is that dress on sale? Yes.
Does this meal come with fries? Yes.
See what I mean? Hearing the word yes is always great. Saying the word yes on the other hand can sometimes be my greatest struggle. Why? Because, a lot of times it means that I’m going to be committing to something. And the word commitment has ALWAYS given me heart palpitations.
That’s why reading 2017: Your Year of Yes by Rachel Lemons Aitken had me all sorts of conflicted. In her article, Rachel challenges readers to put fears aside, take risks, and pursue the things they are passionate about. I love her concept. And while a part of me wants to be that girl who takes risks and shoots her shot with no fear, the other part of me knows that I’m still the girl who orders the same things from restaurant menus because I don’t want to risk being disappointed. Knowing this about myself, am I ready to put my fears aside, and commit to pursuing things that could potentially lead to disappointment?
To help me answer this question, I had to take some time to think about decisions that I’ve made in the past, from dating, to job opportunities, to goals that were so big they scared me. I could clearly remember times when things didn’t go the way that I wanted them to. Times when I felt like a flat-out failure. Then there were times when saying yes led me to amazing people, and resulted in me accomplishing things that I never thought I could. Things that would not have been possible if I hadn’t taken the risk.
Remembering these experiences helped me to understand that saying yes doesn’t mean that things will come easy, or that they will go right the first time I try. What it means is that I am not allowing the fear of failure to keep me from being great. It means that I won’t allow set-backs to cause me to quit. Saying yes means that I see myself, and my potential, as worth the risk AND the commitment.
And in the moments when it feels as though I’ve lost all motivation, I won’t give up or beat myself up. I’ll just rest awhile, and say yes, all over again.
Okay… so here are some items on my list…
- Building my own brand
- Learning to edit videos
- Getting over my fear of dogs
- Exercising on a consistent basis
- Being more consistent in my spiritual life
- Developing writing material for mainstream publishing
- Date more
**Follow me this year as I cross things off of my list!**
What are some things you are going to say yes to this year?