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Be a ‘Yes!’ Man
Regardless of how much we might want these things, it doesn’t always fall into place like it might in the fairy-tales we grew up reading. Sadly, none of us live in Wonderland – this is the real world and achieving happiness and contentment can take a little work.
A lot of people spend their whole lives dreaming of a better life. Perhaps even worse, some even spend their lives feeling sorry for themselves for what they don’t have, rather than focusing on how they might achieve what it is they do want.
In 2008, Jim Carrey brought to life the character of Carl Allen who, by deciding to say ‘Yes!’ to every opportunity that came his way, turned his life around from one of loneliness to one of adventure and good fortune. Yes Man is the ultimate story of how spontaneity can literally change the course of your life.
What this film shows us (and if you haven’t seen it, make sure you do) is that life is a bit like a train station. You can either stand on the platform, watching the people get on an off each train that arrives, or you can jump on board, and see where the journey takes you. It’s up to you.
If you’ve read my earlier post, you’ll already know that I believe in the importance of embracing life, and in jumping at every opportunity that comes your way.
I also believe that living with a ‘what if’ mentality can lessen your experience of life. Most of the time, everything we need to be happy is right in front of us. But if we’re consumed by fears, doubts and worries, we’re often unable to see these opportunities. After all, staying put is the easy option – making changes can take too much effort.
If you need a helping hand shrugging off your own ‘what if’ mentality, and moving forwards to a place where you feel comfortable saying ‘Yes!’ to life’s adventures, here are a few ways to get started. Go on… give it a go. It’s as easy as saying ‘Yes!’
– Focus on what you do want instead of what you don’t.
– A picture paints a thousand words. Create a vision board so you can see what your goals look like.
– Try something new at least once a month. It doesn’t have to be large to begin with – try a new recipe, a different hairstyle or a new route to work. Skydiving can come later.
– Make gratitude a habit. What are you thankful for today?
– Look for the positive in every situation. It will give you the strength to actually reach your dreams.
– Surround yourself with positive people, they’ll lift you up when you most need.
– Let new people come to your life, you might be one conversation from a new friendship.
– Try not to judge. Judging something before you’ve experienced it or learned more about it can lessen your experience of life.
– Don’t limit yourself, think outside the box you’ll be surprise how strong and good you are.
Are you a ‘Yes!’ Man, or do you find yourself saying no to opportunities? What will you say ‘Yes!’ to today?