Saying yes to new things

Nyaradzo Viki-Mavindidze

We are now in the last month of the first quarter of 2016 and I wonder how you are doing with your resolutions and strategies for 2016.I sincerely hope that you are on track and you are slaying it. I also wonder what your resolutions and strategies were based on. I ask this because a lot of the times we make plans for survival, to stay afloat and to realistically grow within the current environment…drought and all, I bet most have braced themselves for the worst.I strongly believe that 2016 is the year to hoist and break out. In whatever endeavour you are in you have no reason to retreat and follow the ‘let’s wait and see’ tide.

I believe this is THE YEAR OF THE MAVERICK. As I always say mavericks are made between a rock and a hard place, in recessions so to speak, a walk through the portals of history and from a few biographies lying around will confirm that.

Unorthodox ways of thinking and execution are required in order to succeed in this season. It’s no longer business as usual and it’s time to smash every box we have been operation from.

Every technological, medical, social and even political invention broke away from convention and went in the opposite direction of society.

Before every great thing was made it was inconceivable till the conceiver dared to step into the realm of conceiving the impossible.

Who needed a light bulb when we had oil lamps, who dared think of defying gravity and invent an aeroplane?

For women to leave the comfort of the private space and enter into the public space and have equal opportunities and wages as their male counterparts someone had to SAY YES to the call go against the grain and challenge the status quo.

You need to SAY YES TO SUCCESS in 2016 by changing the direction you have been going and getting rid of old patterns. As you know my new year begins in September (my birth month) so my resolution was SAYING YES TO NEW THINGS.

After evaluating the space I was in I asked myself why I was where I was and why had what I had I realised I had missed out on a lot of opportunities, deals, love, friendships and success because I had allowed fear and compliance to take root in my life.

I got bored of pretending to be normal and I decided to be me. Seeing as I had been going with the flow for so long I realised it would take me a while to regain my childlikeness.

I decided to enter into green zones in business, relationships, socially, and in every area of my life. And also that the audaciousness and unconventionalness (check Wiktionary) of my brand would need to break out.

Apart from the new things I have said YES to in my private space (some of which I will share in due course) I’ve embraced the maverick in me and have made several strategic and branding changes at Avodah Consultants.

I can say thus far it has been a bumpy, scary and sometimes teary endeavour but nevertheless rewarding.

Here’s why you need to join me in saying YES TO SUCCESS in 2016;

The next opportunity might change your life.

Sometimes I’m tempted to say NO when a new work opportunity presents itself. However, I know that the next opportunity might be at changes my life forever.

You’ll be more successful – and happier.

Don’t believe me? Then consider the words of Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt: “Find a way to say yes to things.

Say yes to invitations to a new country. Say yes to meeting new friends. Say yes to learning a new language, taking up a new sport.”

You block the miracle if you don’t:

Suzie Moore in her article in the Huffington Post says, ‘’Opportunity sometimes knocks gently and does not wait for perfect timing.’’ The truth is – there is no perfect timing! Marie Forleo says, “Start before you are ready.”

We need to trust that the universe has a bigger plan for us – one that we can only understand with hindsight.’

Opportunities do not always arise again – or at least the same ones:

Life and luck favour the bold.

Sometimes when making a decision and considering both outcomes, the “no” outcome is connected to regret somehow. Regret is sometimes the biggest risk of all.

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