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Hey there! My name is Jessie. I am a wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, big-time dreamer, believer, writer, student, Disney lover, and enneagram enthusiast. I have the privilege of writing to you today because I said “yes” to someone who was willing to take a chance on me. As much as I hope that we have something like enneagram enthusiasm or Disney obsession in common, I hope most of all that you and I have had a chance to say “yes!” to something that we didn’t predict for ourselves. Whether you have or whether you haven’t – I am so glad that you are here because today, we are talking about, you guessed it, saying “yes!” to something new and what can happen when we do.
The very first thing that happens when we say “yes” actually starts before we even say the word. If you have decided to say “yes” to something, it means that you have believed in yourself enough to say it out loud – and I don’t know about you, but that can be the hardest part of the battle sometimes. When we say “yes” to something new, we are outwardly believing in ourselves. No longer is the conversation between me, myself and I, in our heads but we are taking action! Essentially we are saying “you know what? I am going to do something new!”, “I believe in myself enough to give this a try!” or better yet “ I might learn something!” – which leads us to our next stop on the “yes” journey.
When we say “yes” to something new, we inevitably learn about ourselves. Whether we are saying “yes” to a new routine, a new job opportunity, or “yes” to being still in the season that we’ve been placed in – we, more often than not, will discover something new about ourselves. Perhaps we will find that a routine is just what we needed – “how did I do it before?!” Or now we know that we don’t ever want to work in that career field – “at least I gave it a try!” And finally, we realize the importance of slowing down, taking each day as it comes, and making room to have a vision for the future. We challenge our day-to-day when we say “yes” and a lot of times that challenge comes with sacrifice – which brings us to today’s final effect of “yes-ness”
When we say “yes”, we are shaking up our train of thought, our time, and our life as we know it. Saying “yes” has a way of keeping us on our toes – inevitably, our thought process changes gears, we find ourselves being a little more disciplined with our time and adjusting our schedules as needed for this new “yes”. Now, different “yeses” will require different efforts and energy from us but I will venture to say that almost all of them require sacrifice. Big or small – This. Is. Good. Just like the tried and true quote from John Wooden: “good things take time, as they should.” Getting uncomfortable is a common symptom of saying “yes” and in my opinion, it should be! Even if we fail, even if it doesn’t turn out like we thought it would, we walk away from that experience, that opportunity, that season, knowing more about ourselves. We come to find that we’re more capable than we thought we were. We realize that we took a risk and that, in itself, is rewarding.
So, no matter where you are in your journey – whether there is a “yes” opportunity you’re thinking about or one you’re hoping for, I hope that you know you are not alone. That is one of the many beautiful things about the Well, it meets women right where they are and provides a space to create, think and dream towards more “yes” opportunities. And the best part? We can do that together!
Your friend and fellow yes girl,