Never say ‘no’ to yourself.
Sometimes we swear ourselves off of a certain activity or experience. Like, ‘I will never ever go bungee jumping’. Maybe this decision came from your fear of heights or you have an extreme aversion to the feeling of falling. However, imagine one day you learn that the key to overcoming these fears and dislikes was to take the dive?
Imagine how much sooner you could have made that jump that frees you from the restraints of fear. Imagine the thrill of being on a really intense rollercoaster ride and having missed out on it your whole life simply because you promised yourself “you would never”.
I know exactly what that’s like. I used to think blue cheese must be totally gross and an awful food to eat because FUNGUS. “I’m never going to eat fungus”. Only to discover years and years later that blue cheese is incredible (especially the really expensive, good quality ones).
I can’t turn back the time, I’ll never know if I ever declined the best blue cheese ever made. I swore I’d never. The reason wasn’t even profound or necessary. I simply assumed fungus would be too disgusting to put into my body. Well my body loves it now! (My birthday is in October in case you wanted to buy me good quality blue cheese).
Why do we promise ourselves we will ‘never’? What if we are closing the doors to not only great tasting cheese but big opportunities in life?
“I will NEVER do a presentation in front of a lot of people”, says a person who one day thinks of a genius system that could help eradicate workplace communication issues such as “accent reduction”.
Imagine they presented their idea in front of a global conference and were met with hundreds if not thousands of eager requests to purchase or have access to this genius system.