When someone encourages you to go for it, to take that next step, to spend the money to make it happen, to sacrifice one thing for a potentially bigger thing, to be selfish (in a good way) for a while, your whole world can change. When someone supports you fully without asking questions or doubting you, it feels great. When someone takes the initiative to think about your dreams and nudge you in the right direction, that's love.
Why not be that someone? The world is filled with "no" people, restrictive procedures, red tape, delays, and good intentions. When we encounter a yes person life feels warm and smells like spring.
New beginnings. A Koru.
(A Maori symbol for new beginnings modeled off the curling bud of a fern. Also a fractal.)
I love being a yes person. I have to remind myself, mind you, we are all so well programmed to slow people down and tell them why something is not going to work.
Everyone has goals, dreams, and many people let their dreams sit in the distance out of a sense of duty or routine. We can help catalyze breakthroughs by being the person who encourages them and supports their journey.
Don't wait until someone comes to you - many people never will. Take the time to ask your friends, teams members and loved ones what they want to accomplish - the new reality they want to create. Here's a favorite question of mine:
If you could be living anywhere, doing any kind of work, where would you be living and what would you be doing for a living?
I think I have mentioned this question before but it is worth mentioning again. Ask this question of three people this week and then be a yes person. Talk to your significant other about this question and then identify the changes that need to be made to make the dream come true.
"we can do that"
"why don't you go ahead and book the trip, I think it's a great idea"
"I'm behind you 100% if you want to ____"
"you can do it, I am sure - go ahead and get started and let me know how I can help"
"why not give it a try"
"don't worry, we can adjust a few things, I think you should do it"
"do you want to make arrangements to do that next week?"
"can I help you research the options?"
"what a wonderful idea, I think you should go for it"
I feel very fortunate because I feel totally supported for all my hair-brained ideas. "Take 40 days and ride around the country on your motorcycle alone. I will worry a bit, but go ahead, it sounds fun." When you have yes people in your life, you do different things and manifest bigger possibilities. And when you are a yes person, you help change the lives of those around you.