The other day I was thinking back to a rock-bottom time in my life.
A time when I seriously couldn’t see how things could get any worse … and I seriously couldn’t see how they could get any better.
But, with the gift of hindsight, I’ve realised that this rock bottom ended up being the catalyst for much needed change.
And it led to unimaginable happiness.
It wasn’t that someone waved a magic wand over me and the issues disappeared in a puff of glitter.
But, if I had to condense the reason for my transformation in fortunes into one little word, it would be this one…
In spite of my heartbreak and fear and despair I kept on saying yes at a time when all I really wanted to say was no.
I stayed open to the possibility that life could get better … and I said yes to every little chance to make things better.
And as I look back on those dark days from my current happy place, I can see the string of ‘yes’s that led me here.
In saying yes to the notion that I could train as a coach and mentor other people as well as write I pulled myself and my son out of poverty.
In saying yes to my very first public speaking engagement – even though it scared the hell out of me and I was a quivering, stammering mess – I took the first step on a path that would lead to me travelling the world giving talks. And, more importantly, it would massively repair my self-confidence.
In saying yes to an appeal in a magazine for entries for a book award, a novel that I’d self-published ended up winning and my career as a writer was transformed. I’ve subsequently received publishing deals for eleven different books off the back of that one yes!
Are you starting to see how important your own choices can be?
How one simple ‘yes’ today could lead to happiness and success tomorrow?
You could say yes to a party invite and end up meeting the love of your life.
You could say yes to a fitness challenge and end up healthier than you ever imagined.
You could say yes to a random job opportunity and finally discover your true calling.
And, if you find yourself in the deep dark depths of rock bottom, when all you want to say is ‘why?’ or ‘no‘, try saying ‘yes’ instead to life and to hope.
I know it’s hard, but use what happened to me to inspire you.
Say yes to every opportunity to make things better.
And have faith that your own string of ‘yes’s will lead you back home to happiness.
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