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:
- Visit a restaurant that offers ethnic food you’ve never tried. Ignore your assumptions, ask the server for newbie suggestions, and just say YES.
- Break your schedule to do something fun. That could be going out after work, leaving the dishes to go shopping, whatever it may be, allow yourself to break your routine to do something out of the norm.
- Use a different machine at the gym, try a group class, or go by the free-weights (which are often super-intimidating). Ask someone who works there for help; I guarantee they would be pleased to use their knowledge to help you. Don’t have a gym membership? Sign up for a trial and go check it out!
- Spend a little more money on yourself. We all have tight budgets, but go ahead and splurge on a luxurious bubble bath, a beautifully scented handmade soap, or a soy candle to scent up your favorite space.
- Call that friend who always says “we should get together for coffee” and actually set a date to meet and grab coffee. The sooner, the better!
- Plan that weekend trip you’ve always been meaning to go on. Just go ahead and find a free weekend and book it before you change your mind. Just think about all the fun you’re going to have!
- Get yourself the haircut, manicure, or pedicure you’ve been putting off. You deserve it.
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.