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The Hell Yeah Philosophy

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I have adopted a new philosophy as of late, and it came from reading this blog post by entrepreneur Derek Sivers. An excerpt:

When deciding whether to commit to something, if I feel anything less than, “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!” — then my answer is no.

When you say no to most things, you leave room in your life to really throw yourself completely into that rare thing that makes you say “HELL YEAH!”

We’re all busy. We’ve all taken on too much. Saying yes to less is the way out.

For the first few months of 2014, I was swamped. Plans every single day and night for months on end. I went to dinner with a girlfriend at one point and she remarked that she was surprised that I didn’t seem flat-out exhausted. But I think the reason for it was that I was having. a. ball. I was meeting new people, starting new projects, dreaming new futures. I felt an affirmative ‘hell yeah’ about almost everything going on in my life. Conversely, how often have you had an equally or even moderately busy schedule and just felt drained? I think the difference lies in our enthusiasm for what we sign ourselves up for — in work, in hobbies, in exercise, in service, in relationships.

I understand that there are some things — many things — that must be done, whether or not we like them. What a luxury to be able to fill our lives with things we love. But I also think that there are some things — many of which we consider obligations — that really are within our grasp to decide whether or not they are adding big, heart-swelling energy to our lives. It may take change, but it may be worth it.

Let’s commit to crossing off one thing on our lists this week that resounds in our souls with a begrudging ‘no’ and replace it with something that makes our hearts flicker with a ‘hell yeah.’ We’ve only got one life, after all. Let’s fill it with the things that make us glad we’re in it.

{Photo via I Am That Girl}

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