Since moving to New York City I have tried saying yes to everything. In fact, one of my “NYC Goals” I wrote back in January was:
Even when I think I will get lost.
To challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone.
I focused on doing. After long days I made an effort to see friends and attend events. I proved this question right – “In 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, will I remember the nights I stayed in or will I remember the outings and people I experienced them with?”
I raised my hand at work. I got in line with this idea, “People who love their jobs won’t work a day in their lives.”
Two examples include:
One weeknight my pal Addison invited me to meet his friend visiting NYC. I was looking forward to a night to recoup at my apartment, but instead chose to say yes. Turns out we would see the city in style (aka in Addison’s rented BMW). For the first time the makeup of Manhattan was starting to make sense. (Be thankful you have a map app on your SuperPhone people!) And, for the record, cruising NYC in a BMW is never a bad choice.
I joined an internal company organization committed to equaling the ratio of men and women in leadership positions and helping women of all levels on their way to the top. By saying yes to the opportunity to join the planning committee, I’ve been fortunate to work with stellar colleagues across the company – people I would not interact with through my typical workload. I’m also seeing change and continued dialogues take place as a result of my actions.
What were the outcomes of your best “yes’s”? This week let “yes” win out over “no.” You just might surprise yourself.