Sometimes we are offered opportunities that are right for us but fear holds us back from saying yes. Whilst we do not need to say yes to everything that comes our way it is really important to understand why we don’t say yes at the right time to the right opportunities. It is also important to understand that saying yes in business can allow us to break out of our comfort zones, giving us access to new experiences in our business (and career) journeys. Fear is a barrier that holds too many of us back from opportunities but it is a natural. If we did not feel some level of fear I suspect there would be chaos, but when that fear holds us back from moving forward then it really becomes a problem. I want you to be more honest with yourself and look at how often you have said no to an opportunity, not because it is not the right opportunity for you but because you were too scared to say yes.
“Everyone’s got some greatness in them. You do. The girl over there does. That guy on the left has some. But in order to really mine it, you have to own it. You have to grab hold of it. You have to believe it.” – Shonda Rhimes book the “Year of Yes”
Be braver and say yes when you feel that fear, make sure you know the difference between not having the skills and just feeling like an impostor. This video offers some guidance on when to say yes to the right opportunities at the right time in business. It’s time to say yes more often to the things that scare us, especially when we know deep down that we’re more than capable of accomplishing great things.
I would love to hear your experiences of saying yes when your inner fear wanted you to say NO!