Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Old Dog Willing to Learn New Tricks

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For most, the month of January has us thinking about change or how our lives can be different or better. If this is truly your desire, certainly is mine, then it is time to be willing to say yes to things—even if what is in front of you scares you.

In Mastering Life's Energies Maria Nemeth tells us: "Being willing is an effective affirmation. In fact, I would argue that it is the most potent of all affirmations." I agree with Maria.

So many times I'll say no to a situation, event or to someone. I usually have all these really good reasons or so I think. There's a quotation attributed to many including the likes of Albert Einstein, Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin that comes to mind.

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

If I keep saying no and do my very best to keep everything the same, then I will have the same results (or close to it) as last year. Hmmmm.

So today...and this week, if you are so inspired, let's agree to be willing to take a few chances or do things we haven't done before. Because if you are like me and wanting different results, then it means we also have to make changes. Let's stretch our wings a little as we move into 2009.
allyn at


Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

My kids used to think it was a riot when I told them that the reason coyotes weren't an endanged species is that they were flexible--meaning not fussy about what they ate!
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Award-winning novelist and poet and author of the HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers

Anonymous said...

Or, quit saying yes to things that aren't working!!

Allyn Evans said...

Excellent point! :)

So let's amend the call to action to: "Start saying yes to opportunities! And no to what's not working anymore."

Prill Boyle said...

I couldn't agree more, Allyn--both with your original posting and your amended version.

In April of 2007 I wrote a blog entry titled "My Year of Yes" ( where I spoke about how I spent an entire year saying yes to scary opportunity after scary opportunity. It was a life-changing experience for me. All to the good, I might add.

Allyn Evans said...

Hi, Prill! And I bet your life changed a lot in the process. :) Thanks for the contribution.

Barbara said...

I like the idea that we must say no to things that no longer work and yes to opportunities that excite us, yet scare us. I listen to life coach, Cheryl Richardson quite often and she has said that things that scare us by excite us at the same time is the universe's way of saying, "go for it!" So let's go for the exciting, scary YES things!
Barbara Techel

Author of Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog

Anonymous said...

thanks again for the inspiration to make a change!