If you want to reach your goals and realize your dreams, there’s one simple thing you can do that will have a dramatic effect on your life.
What is this simple thing?
It’s saying YES.
Huh? What? I clicked this for what?!!?
That’s right, it’s as simple as that on the surface but can be challenging to put into practice consistently.
Saying Yes can be scary but, it’s essential if you want to attain high levels of success in your life.
It’s self-doubt that so often holds us back
We’re all full of self-doubt but, it doesn’t have to control us.
In fact, if you want to succeed, you have to choke out the self-doubt in your head.
It’s this doubt that drives us to say NO, I can’t, it’s too hard, I’m not smart enough and so on and so on…
I think self-doubt is the number one cause of business failure. People tend to talk themselves out of success more than they say yes to the hard work it takes to win.
Goals help choke self-doubt
Here are some of my Big Hairy Audacious Goals(BHAG for short) to illustrate what I mean.
If you’ve never heard of BHAG before, it’s a strategic business statement created to focus you and or an organization on a medium to long term goal which is audacious, likely to be externally questionable, but not internally regarded as impossible. It’s big and you will see this in my personal BHAG goals below.
Goal 1 – Be fit, strong and healthy & live to at least 120 years old
Goal 2 – Have mutually beneficial, honest relationships with my family, friends and business associates
Goal 3 – Make $100,000 per month
Goal 4 – Help 1 million people become and grow as Entrepreneurs.
Big goals that help drive action towards them, every day. These goals can change but you get the idea.
So, what do you need to say YES to?
If you’ve spent time exploring and creating your BHAG goals, then you need to say yes to everything that will move you closer to your goals.
Say yes to opportunities when they show up.
Opportunities are all around us, we just need to be present to see them and then say yes and act on them. Even if it means more work, more challenges, more problems and more uncertainty.
Take the opportunity and run with it. Test it out, see where it goes and make smart decisions along the way.
Say yes to challenges and problems.
Most people look at challenges and problems the wrong way.
When a problem presents itself, you can do one of two things. Ignore it or deal with it.
Ignoring it will only make things worse. What you need to do it look at the problem for what it is and then find a solution for it.
When you find a solution to a challenge or problem, you now have a brand new opportunity on your hands. That solution you just created for yourself or your client might make a great new product or service. Or maybe you can use it for a case study to help get new customers having the same challenge, now that you have a solution for them.
Say yes to new experiences
Experiences are all about growth.
When you experience new things, you grow both personally but also you grow professionally. When someone asks you to go climb a mountain, say yes and do it. It supports your health goal and will also help you build a relationship with the person who wants to do big things too.
Same goes for business networking.
Say yes, get dressed and go. You never know where your next opportunity will come from and the more you put yourself out there, the more chances you have of finding new opportunities.
Say yes to the right friends
The people you surround yourself will have a direct impact on your success. If your friends are not supporting you, find new ones that will.
Say yes to your partner, your kids, your family.
What’s the point of being successful and wealthy if you don’t have a partner or family to enjoy it with?
You must say yes to spending time with family, nurture these relationships and give them your time.
The successful and wealthy are YES people
Many of the most successful entrepreneurs out there are all yes people. It doesn’t mean they are push overs.
They say no as well but they are very good at spotting opportunities and jumping in when they know they need to.
Here’s what some successful people say about saying yes.
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” – Richard Branson, Virgin Brand
“Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids. Even if it’s a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means that you will do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference. Yes lets you stand out in a crowd, be the optimist, see the glass full, be the one everyone comes to. Yes is what keeps us all young.” – Eric Schmidt, Google
“You can only get more in life by saying YES.” – Marshall Sylver
“Cynics always say no. Saying yes leads to knowledge. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.” – Stephen Colbert
The whole point of this post was to help encourage you to act and to choke out the self-doubt that so many people have today. By saying yes, you never know where it can take you. If you don’t say yes, you’ll miss out on so many opportunities to attain your dreams and goals.
If you don’t say yes, you’ll miss out on so many opportunities to attain your dreams and goals.