The Heroism of Saying YES!

The ability to say “YES” is a powerful tool for bringing fun, excitement and joy into lives.

To illustrate what I mean, let’s say we are at Disney Land.  We could walk around all day saying “NO” to going on every single ride, “NO” to stopping in every shop, and “no” to eating at each snack stand.  At the end of the day, how would we feel?  We would be hot, sweaty, tired, cranky and out the price of admission.

If on the hand, we say “YES” to the rides, “YES” to going into the shops and “YES” to eating lunch and snacks, we would leave Disney Land full of feelings of fun, excitement and joy.  In fact, we want to come back tomorrow, the next day, and the next.

In the Disney example, it is easy to see the power and thrill of saying, “YES.”  Yet when it comes to achieving the Beyond-Our-Comfort-Zone Extraordinary Results we want in life, I have found it is often tempting to say “NO!”

Why would we say “NO!” to the excitement and wonder of what we can create?

In a quote that gives me goose bumps every time I read it, Marianne Williamson gives us profound insight into this question.   She states, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous…”

So sometimes we say “NO” to our dreams and what we truly want to achieve.  For example, I’ve wanted to write a blog for years, but kept saying “NO.”

Our “YES’s” move us beyond the fear Williamson is talking about, beyond our comfort zones.

Later on in her quote, Williamson declares, “We are all meant to shine, as children do…” We have the capacity to find the activities we can say “YES” to.

Williamson ends her quote with “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Every time “we let our own light shine,” we are engaged in a heroic act!

Let us all inspire each other to tend to our light.  Let’s do this by each day seizing the opportunities and engaging in the activities we can give a Heroic YES! to.

Game of the Day

 What can you say a Heroic YES! to today?


Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, go to


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