I’ve talked about the value to self leadership of learning to say ‘No’, but equally important is learning when to say ‘Yes’! And finding that balance is really key to self leadership and consequently your own happiness.
Often we’re waiting for something ‘big’ to happen in our lives. We want it – we long for it. But when it comes our way, do we even recognize what we need to do. Do we realize that all it takes from us might be a simple action, or a big ‘Yes’?
Another of Anthony D’Mello’s stories illustrates this so well:
A devout religious man fell on hard times. So he took to praying in the following fashion: “Lord, remember all the years I served you as best I could, asking for nothing in return. Now that I am old and bankrupt I am going to ask you for a favour for the first time in my life and I am sure you will not say No: allow me to win the lottery.”
Days passed. Then weeks and months. But nothing happened.
Finally, almost driven to despair, he cried out one night, “Why don’t you give me a break, God?”
He suddenly heard the voice of God replying, “Give me a break yourself! Why don’t you buy a lottery ticket?”
Are we buying ourselves those lottery tickets for the big game of Life?
You are in the process of writing your life story, and no good story is without a hero or heroine overcoming their fair share of challenges. In fact, the bigger the challenges, the better the story. Since there are no restrictions and no limits to where you story goes from here, what do you want the next page to say?” ~ Hal Elrod from The Miracle Morning
1. For the next week, spend a few minutes focussing on cultivating a greater openness to receive.
2. During this time say/write : ‘One way life is being good to me right now is……..’ Don’t edit your responses. Let them flow.
3. Once you have written down at least 7 -10 responses.
4. Say ‘Yes’ to all these experiences and for all the goodness to come.
Today I’m on ‘Y’ of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. My theme is the A to Z of Self Leadership. I’m also undertaking the NaBloPoMo for April – the theme is ‘grow’ and the Ultimate Blog Challenge.