This concept was first introduced to me while reading “The Prosperous Coach” by Steve Chandler and Rich Litvin, two very successful coaches whose work I follow. (If you happen to be a coach or are interested in becoming one, I highly recommend you check it and them out).
The basic idea is that every decision you make should essentially be “Hell Yeah” or “Hell No” because there is no such thing as “Hell Maybe.” It’s a way to simplify decision making. If it excites you and you can’t wait to start, then it’s a Hell Yeah. If you’re on the fence, it’s a no. It may just be a matter of it not being the right time or there could be many random factors that block you but when the time is right, you’ll know and be able to make things happen.
Just because an opportunity arises, doesn’t mean you have to take it. What if taking that so-so opportunity prevents you from accepting an even better offer later on; one that is more aligned with your vision for your life? Don’t settle for just ok when you want extraordinary. Some things are worth the wait.
I’ve tried to live my life according to this concept, to focus my time on the people and projects that really matter to me. This way, I’m no longer overexerting myself for things I care very little about. I’m not doing things out of some strange sense that “I ought to,” either because society or loved ones think I should. Anything that I do, I do because I want to and that in itself is very freeing. This also leads to more enjoyment and to less overall stress in my life which doesn’t hurt.
I’m sure I’m not the only person who has ever gotten caught up in other people’s expectations of them and felt obligated to do something they weren’t overly thrilled with. However, with the right mindset, it’s easier to make decisions that are right for you and say no guilt free. Living more authentically will only benefit you and empower those around you to do the same.
What was a recent Hell Yeah decision you made?
Let me know in the comments!