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The Leap of Yes!

Chess Edwards

 

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”

Confucious

 

Yes is a powerful word. Yes moves us forward. Yes keeps things in motion. Yes sometimes gets us in trouble and sometimes that trouble is just the kind of trouble we need.

Yes invites opportunities previously unimagined. Yes is sometimes a huge leap. Yes is sometimes a small step that feels like a huge leap. But no mater what - Yes says “Yes!” and life will never be the same again.

Even energetically, “Yes, let’s do it.” feels quite different than “Well…….., I don’t know.”

Yes is the act of throwing your knapsack over the wall and then saying, “Oh crap, what have I done? I'm not perfectly clear about what it looks like over there or what's around that corner or down that road.”

No, you don’t. That's the point.  That's the risk. Let’s go find out. How challenging and how exciting!  What opportunities await?

The road less traveled is the road of Yes!

 

Yes Leaders are Leap leaders. Those who follow the Leap Leaders discover the possible in the seemingly impossible and then become leaders of Yes themselves.

 

So, why is this up for me and why is this important to you?

For the past 25 years I’ve been leading adventure travel programs to far away places that hold undeniable elements of the unknown and mystery and some elements of risk, both emotional and physical. So, there's often apprehension and to commit to join one of my Journeys of Discovery takes a big leap of Yes.

There are some who tell me most every year, “One of these days I’m going to go on one of your trips.” Then they hesitate in their uncertainty and wait to see if a few weeks of time magically creates itself on their calendar and if the money equally mysteriously manifests in their bank account.

Then there are those who, even in their uncertainty, say Yes. These are people who say Yes to their intuition, their passion, their desire or their sense of wild possibility. These are the leapers. Even in the midst of their questioning, they take charge of their own destiny.

This year is no different. I’m offering one of my all time favorite adventures to spend time with the whales of Baja in some remarkably sublime wilderness settings.

For the Yes people, the adventure begins the moment they make the commitment and their lives begin to shift immediately. The universe rises to support their highest aspirations and soon they will find themselves staring awestruck into the eye of a whale while creating amazing adventure stories to be told for the rest of their lives.

Ultimately the trip fills with Yes people and, I have to say, that’s one of the joys of the work I do. I get to explore the world with people who, when faced with the mystery of the unknown, take the leap of Yes. That’s an amazing bunch of people with whom to share a journey of discovery and delight.

Magic happens when you spend time with people who say Yes to possibilities not yet imagined. So, surround yourself with people who regularly make a habit of leaping into Yes.

 

"If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, then the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be."

Joseph Campbell

Where are you willing to say Yes?

Where can you take a leap, for you and for those with whom you work, explore, discover and create?

What’s over that wall, down that road or around that corner? Not sure? Good! Hook up with your favorite Yes people and go find out!!

Remember - Its the heart that says Yes. It is the mind that says “Whoa, now wait just a minute here.”

Heave that knapsack, listen to your heart and your intuition and lets get our minds into some trouble.

See you on the other side.

Chess

 

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