Say “Yes!”

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” –Joseph Campbell

The answer this week is “yes.” Our brains are funny. We say “no” to things without even checking them out. One of the reasons coaching is powerful is because it encourages you to take action, to try things out, to say “yes” and then see what happens.

Last week, my spin instructor said to us, “If you don’t try it, you won’t know what you’re capable of.” Such a true statement. It made me think about how we often approach life. As in spin class – “this is already hard; I am sure I cannot do more.” But usually we can. Do more. Usually we are not even close to imagining all we can do. The thing that keeps us from doing it is not inability. It literally is the thought, “I can’t do that.”

“I am not smart enough.”
“Not experienced enough.”
“Not old enough.”
“Not young enough.”
“Not strong enough.”

The truth is you really don’t know the truth. If you don’t try it out. And even if you tried it once and failed, it is still not true that you cannot do it. The only way you ever know if you can do something is if you decide to do it. There are no shortcuts to that.

I decided to become a Professional Coach. I got the training. That part was easy. I know I can do training. I am good at school and learning. But I did not believe I could have and run a business. I did not believe I was that kind of person. I am introverted. How will I bring in clients? Then I decided to do public trainings. It started because a client asked me to put together a training for his company. In my head: “Are you kidding? I can’t do that. I’ve never done that before. I am not trained for that. I was too scared to even raise my hand in law school.” On and on. But I decided to try it out. Not only did I realize I CAN. I realized it is fun. And I am good at it. Had I listened to the little voice of NO, I never would have tried it. I never would have found my ability to do something I was so sure was not possible for me.

So jump in. Try it before your brain says no.

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” –Thomas A. Edison


Check out this link to see the newest thing I have said YES to!

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Cami McLaren

is the owner of McLaren Coaching. She has been coaching professionals and leaders since early 2008. She runs Transformative Coaching Essentials, a coach training program that produces first rate Professional Coaches and "Coach-Style Leaders." She coaches individually and works with organizations to improve communication, time management, productivity and ultimately bring greater results.

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