I’ve practiced yoga for more than 20 years now, and it’s taught me a number of powerful lessons.
Recently, I’ve witnessed several client experiences lately that have driven home this one: one of the most powerful things you can do in life—especially when things around you are shifting and changing—is to know what your YES is.
And live it.
Power Yoga teacher Baron Baptiste talks about “being a yes” in life and on the mat. I’ve always loved this phrase.
YES is a simple and powerful word.
Embodying your yes is more than just saying yes to what’s in front of you. (Over and over again.) Rather than just talking the talk, this is an energetic stance that impacts how you think, feel and show up.
It’s about fully leaning in to what matters to you. It’s about commitment. About actively taking the positive, affirmative approach and standing for who you want to be and what you want to create in your life.
In my own times of transition and uncertainty—the ones I created and the ones I never expected to have to deal with— I’ve continually come back to this idea of saying yes to my life. Or, as Baron writes in his book Being of Power, being “confident in (my) ability to turn difficulty into possibility, upsets into positive energy, and breakdowns into breakthroughs.”
But we’re not just talking about facing the uncomfortable bits. Committing to yes is a decision and it’s the foundation of creating anything.
Too often, we come at life and work—and especially change or situations of uncertainty— from a place of can’t, won’t, don’t know how and no. This is the easier way out. It doesn’t ask much of us to do that. It also doesn’t give us much in return.
To have more of what we want, requires being a yes to the possibilities, to ourselves and to getting clear on what we want.
It requires being discerning in what we are saying yes and saying no to, and looking past the moment to understand the consequences of where we are actually showing up as committed and where we are not.
Recently, I watched a client step fully into her yes, with clarity and commitment. “Suddenly,” she is clear on what she wants in her work life and why that matters. “Suddenly,” she is getting results that seemed elusive before. Her energy is dramatically different, and her life is changing rapidly as a result.
If the first steps to creating a life that you love, the work that you love—anything, really— lies in being a yes, where is that true for you?
Open yourself up to what’s next. Focus your energy and intentions around it. And commit.
You will see results.
Tell me where you are saying yes. I’d love to hear more about that.