Is There Power in Saying Yes?

     I recently took a trip to Denver for a friend’s bachelor party. We knew we were going skiing/snowboarding for a while, but I did not know how high our Groom wanted to go. When I found out he wanted to go as high as we could, I needed some new pants. 

     Now I had been thinking about changing from snowboarding to skiing since it had been a while since I had tried to snowboard. I nervously did not make the change. By the end of the first day, we had gone a little ways up but most of us in the group hadn’t gotten comfortable yet to go higher. We had started to get the hang of it just in time to turn our rentals in. The second day though, we hit the mountain running. It was a snowy day with almost a foot of fresh snow that made falling feel much better. We went as high as we could safely go making sure to not accidentally fall into a trail meant for way more advanced riders. Do you know what happened? I had the time of my life. It was such an amazing experience because I had never thought that I would be able to do something like that. Any other time I had been skiing my head had been full of doubt and exploring other options wasn’t even an option for me, but this time, I said yes. On the way home as we were driving out of the mountains, I couldn’t help but look up and see how high we had been and what an experience it was to say that I made it down safely. I started thinking, how much have I been missing out on because I said no? What else could I have experienced in my life simply by saying yes?

     We have talked about it before on the podcast about action so I started thinking about how saying yes and taking action go hand in hand. I think of it in terms of an inner monologue. For example, I may say, i think ill have a drink and then answer myself by saying yes why not. But God forbid I tell myself to do something productive and worthwhile and it’s like a royal rumble up there.

     I have heard several motivational speakers talk about winning the battle and it’s not until you start trying to do something outside your comfort zone that you can begin to fully understand what they mean. In the moments coming off the mountain, I was inspired to explore the power of saying yes. Two weeks later, I am just now taking action. 

     So why don’t I say yes to myself more often? Will it help silence the crowd in my head which will let me take more action? 

     As overthinkers and frequent victims of analysis paralysis, I think we believe that we have to be an expert on whatever is being asked of us before we say yes to it. Looking for things to be perfect before we reveal our work to the world. We get so worried that others won’t like what we put out after all the work we put into it to make it perfect. And that can be deflating to the point that we find ourselves back in the darkest part of our mind, trapped. It takes a long time for us overthinkers to overcome that feeling and pull ourselves out of it. At least me anyway. 

     We have talked about finding the triggers that signal a tailspin for us overthinkers on the podcast. So what if we recognized our triggers and just said yes to whatever was ailing us? 

     What if we said yes to the next adventure? I don’t have all the answers but that is what the Mud Dog Podcast is all about. Let’s try it! Within reason, of course, I will not say yes to something dangerous with no training or experience. But maybe I’ll say yes to the training! 

     Join us on the Mud Dogs Podcast and see if saying yes helps us on our journey to overcoming our overthinking and its best friend analysis paralysis.

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