I’m going against the grain of my usual message with this week’s blog post. I usually give you tips and advice on how to say “no” because our lives can often be so demanding that we become overwhelmed. This week, I want you to work on YES. I want you to work past apprehensions, schedules, and lethargy to try and make the absolute most of this week.
I was inspired to write this post after watching the video below – a video presented by Buzzfeed Australia – where people who are generally afraid of dogs are blindfolded and presented with pitbull puppies. As a huge advocate for pitbulls (helping raise my parents’ pitbull mix, Daisy), I was hoping I would watch the video to see people overcoming the harsh stereotype when cuddling with these kind-hearted, family-oriented, sweet little pups. I was right.
That’s when the light bulb went on. What if we approached our fears with a metaphorical blindfold? What if we at least tried something new? I have an incomprehensible fear of rollercoasters. Even as a child, I remember staring at the mechanics, as if I was an engineer, trying to calculate all of the moving parts. I say to myself – why on Earth would I want to scare the heck out of myself?
Because being a little scared means you’re taking some risks. To grow and achieve, you have to take risks; you have to be a little scared. A person cannot grow if they stay stagnant.
Try to picture the world as if you were a baby. Babies explore, they try, they fall, they get up again; they keep going because you’re there encouraging them, because you know they’ll be okay. As they take their first steps, they have no idea if they will make it from one couch to the next, you know it’s not a big deal, and even if they do fall, they will get there someday. With that encouragement, babies keep going – you have to view the world as that baby, and the universe as that parent watching out for you.
Of course, there’s a fine line between taking risks for growth, and just being ridiculous. I don’t mean you should go approach the hooded person in a dark alley – that would be ludicrous – I mean attempting to try new things by saying YES this week. If you love what you try, great, if not, at least now you have a basis for your opinion. Here are a few ideas for you to try this week:
You will probably be approached with many opportunities this week that you’re not generally keen on, or maybe some things you wouldn’t think twice about, but try and take a different approach to just say YES this week and do it!
Please comment below and let us know what you’ve tried.