Step Nine: Say “YES” to Opportunity
It's time to TAKE CHANCES! Just as important it is to create opportunities for yourself through the actions you take, likewise, it's important to take opportunities as they present themselves to you.
Think of it as saying yes to life.
It's not about blindly participating in any and everything for the sake of doing so, but rather about giving yourself the opportunity to experience new things, meet new people, and go new places. It's about being open to receiving the things you want in your life; and this reception can just as easily be squelched by saying "no", as it can be grown through you taking the leap to saying "yes". Saying yes to opportunities is about being brave, it's about going after what you truly want, it's about fighting that urge to stay in your comfort zone and allowing yourself to live.
More than anything it's about weighing your options. What do you have to lose?? If you find yourself wanting to say "no" to one of these opportunities, whatever it may be, ask yourself why you're saying no. There's nothing wrong with saying it, but you should know your reason behind not wanting to take on the new situation that has present itself. Are you saying no because of legitimate risks involved, your moral code, what others may think, or simple old fashion fear? If you find you are consistently saying no to opportunities and that your only reason for doing so is what others may think of you or fear, whether that be fear of getting out of your comfort zone, fear of failure, fear of rejection, then you may be saying no for the wrong reasons.
There are many times in our lives where "no" is not only appropriate, but necessary for our safety, well-being, and livelihood; but there are also many times went we mistake stretching ourselves as individuals (the type of stretching that leads to self-empowerment and growth and happiness), with danger. That's the type of thinking that holds us back from living our lives to the fullest. Saying "yes" is integral to our growth as human beings. Taking hold of opportunities as they arise, especially in cases where saying yes would lead you to the things you have been wanting in your life, is key to the advancement of those very dreams.
Take it from me, nearly two years ago one of my best friends talked me into joining a dating site after I had ended a six and a half year relationship with my ex-boyfriend. I wasn't sure about doing it for many reasons, though I gave it a shot. I said yes and joined, and after a couple of months met the man that has come to be my best friend and love of my life. We are closer then I could have ever imagined two people being, and are mutually crazy about each other. Just imagine if I had said no to my friend. You never know what your choices may or may not bring, and what you could be missing out on if you don't take the leap. Keep this in mind....
"...yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision; but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope..."