I ran across this quote this weekend and couldn’t stop thinking about it.
“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes — and then learn how to do it later.” Richard Branson
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been offered an opportunity and turned it down.
Because you were scared.
Because you were comfortable where you were.
Because you thought you couldn’t do it.
PS. I’m raising both of my hands.
The older I get, the more conservative I become in my decision making. I am always thinking of reasons why I can’t or shouldn’t do it. I remember a boss telling me one day that he preferred to hire young people because they were never afraid to try something, even if it meant failing. I know I was that person at some point in my life, but I haven’t felt like it lately.
I don’t know how to do it.
I may get hurt.
I don’t have the time.
I won’t be good at it.
I’m terrified of failing at things.
I never want to let people down.
I don’t want to be embarrassed.
I don’t want to look stupid.
This list feels endless sometimes.
One of my goals this year was to step out of my comfort zone. While my pace may be slow, I am making progress.
I went back to the gym, feeling like a failure for not maintaining my weight loss. It wasn’t comfortable, but I’m doing it. Tonight, I completed my 4th workout in a week. It won’t be easy, the results won’t be seen or felt overnight, but they will come.
I said yes to some new job responsibilities at work this week. They are not in my current wheelhouse of skills, but I’m looking at the advantages of learning a new skill set that I may not have had the opportunity to learn otherwise. It will be a steep learning curve and I’ll struggle for sure, but saying no feels wrong. If I don’t do it, I’ll never know.
On Saturday, I have the opportunity to participate in a 10k. I’ve run this race before (see picture at top), but I was in much better shape. I haven’t run in a while and I am terrified of starting the race and not being able to finish it. Even this morning, I said that I wasn’t going to do it. But I know I have to do it. I know I will do it. I know I’ll be glad I did it. Hopefully, I complete it, but if I don’t, I will try my hardest and be proud of what I accomplish.
These things may not seem very important, but to me, they are.
This week, I want to challenge you to say yes to one thing that you would normally say no to. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is, just make it something that matters to you.
I’d love to hear from you! Did you say yes to something you normally would have passed on? If so, what was the outcome? I can’t wait to hear about it.