Saying yes more often is not really a specific part of my 2017 new year’s resolutions. But as early as January, I realized something so blindingly obvious, I don’t know why I haven’t thought about it before: that more opportunities come when the universe senses that you are willing to take them. And last year, I was so not willing.
It’s not that I didn’t want to. It’s more of I was not ready. I kept second-guessing myself and my capabilities, ergo, I didn’t want to take projects that I’m not sure I could deliver. Opportunities excite me, but they also scare me — and the fear was bigger. Therefore, I wasn’t really expecting this year to be any different.
Until I started saying yes to some opportunities.
The first chance that came was a work-related thing: an infographic for the weekly department performance report. It wasn’t official at first; I designed a mockup in response to a teammate’s suggestion that infographics were better than lengthy emails. My supervisor forwarded the mockup to the Powers That Be (or the ultimate, ultimate big bosses) and they liked it. I won’t get paid, but that’s okay. It’s the perfect excuse to practice typography. And as it turns out, that first chance would be a window to other work-related assignments, which I also said yes to.
But the biggest opportunity that opened by far was a logo for a new local tea shop. I’ve been asked to make logos before, but I wasn’t keen on saying yes because of this story I told myself: you are not good with logos. I stayed away from logo design works, even commissioned ones, because I believed that story. But someone came and placed a huge trust on my abilities, so I said yes to the tea shop project. We’re currently in the final revision stage. 🙂
In the midst of all these yeses, I know that I am still not ready and I still second-guess myself. My first thought whenever I get project offers is, “can I really do this?” This time, though, I am willing. And that makes all the difference. #