“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon
THE POWER OF YES: When you say yes to something, you are automatically saying NO to something else. For instance, in my life exercising my right to say yes to meditating at the start of each day is a way of avoiding email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as the first things I do in the morning. Practicing yoga is a ritual I say yes to each day, and therefore, no to accumulating mental worry and stress. I have the privilege of saying yes to making healthy food choices with an implied no to junk food.
Each and every opportunity I have to say yes sets up a love boundary. This keeps out unhealthy habits or behaviors that diminish my joy. Yes gives me authority (adhikara) over writing my own life story instead of feeling as if it’s been given to me to simply play a part not of my own choosing. Yes puts me in the driver’s seat of my life instead of feeling like I’m sitting in back without any control of the wheel and the direction I go.
I am, after all, playing the lead role in my life story and not just that of an understudy.
***A Personal Yes List***
I have made a point at the beginning of each year to make a personal “yes list.” I’ve been doing this for eight years. I know it works. Write down the key things that give you strength and inspiration. Ask yourself: Do the items on this list support you in waking up each day with enthusiasm to live your best life? Does what you list empower you to feel more passionate about your intentions? Think about the power of YES in your life:
1. Are you conscious and alert to your yes choices?
2. Do you say yes more than you say no? Why?
3. What does saying yes mean to you?
4. What do you say yes to? Make a personal yes list.
This is one of the exercises in my New Year’s Intention Booklet.
Tomorrow I’ll post my 2017 Personal YES List and would love to learn yours as well so we can support one another. Love you!