Saying Yes (Challenge)

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To anyone that’s watched the movie “Yes Man”, you’ve probably tried this to some extent. I was no exception.

Years ago, after watching the movie “Yes Man” with Jim Carrey (very good movie!), I wanted to try following the same rules and say “Yes” to everything to see what opportunities would arise. I realised after watching the movie that I was one of those people constantly saying no and denying myself new experiences because I was too nervous to try it out (or some other excuses), and it opened my eyes to the experiences I was probably missing out on.

I was always very jealous of people that seemed to just have things happen in their lives for no reason, there was always something exciting going on, so I was hoping this would happen to me too.

Background: at the time that I decided to take this “challenge” I was jobless, finishing my first year of university, and had about 1 month left of accommodation on campus, meaning I was about to be homeless as well.

How it happened: I started saying yes to meeting people more and accept new experiences. What I noticed at first was that I was very scared for the little amount of money I had and that I was going to spend it all. And so, I decided to look for jobs as well.

Right away, by not shying myself from any jobs, I got one as a representative of the university, working at Open Days and introducing prospective students to the school. I worked 12+ hour shifts because I would say yes whenever people would ask me to work a little longer and met a lot of friends at the job.

I was also speaking to one of the colleagues I had just met, and she was looking for a flatmate right next to the university, right in my budget. I said yes to taking a look at the room right away and within a week I had a flat. This led me to meet some incredible people that changed my life.

At the same time, as I was finishing this job, I got another job at a retail clothing store, where I worked at for almost 2 years and where I met even more amazing people.

Results: by saying yes to “everything” (I’m not crazy, I had some limits on what I could say yes to), I opened myself up to make dozens of friends in weeks, got two new jobs, got a room next to university and stopped worrying so much about money and about meeting up with people. It was a great experience that I kept up for a good part of a month and had slowly implemented some of it on my daily life.

I should really go back to doing that. Have you ever tried to say yes to everything for a week? Tell me about it! 😊

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Akua Marteen says:

    I never saw the movie but I’m excited to try this. This will be my goal this week!

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    1. newpmv says:

      Let me know how it goes, I love this challenge 😊😊

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  2. What terrific advice. I think I’m someone who says “no” more often than I should, and I’m going to start saying “yes” more often. 🙂

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    1. newpmv says:

      Always good to give it a shot 🙂

      Like

  3. ArtsyChic Creations says:

    Absolute, so important to be open to new things, especially pushing beyond our comfort zone to grow as individuals and let new opportunities come into your life.

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  4. Sounds like fun. Will have to try it out

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  5. Anand says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience… will give it a try.

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  6. syncwithdeep says:

    sounds interesting.. hope I give a try though doubting my skills

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    1. newpmv says:

      Just trying will make a difference 🙂 it will help you watch out for when you say no and what exactly are the reasons for saying no 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  7. jessicareidt says:

    I have never seen the movie actually, but I had always been saying yes to the point of exhaustion. I had to learn to say no.

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    1. newpmv says:

      That’s interesting, I’m definitely more prone to say no to something than yes for sure.

      Liked by 1 person

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