“Yes” is a powerful statement. It means, “I am,” “I can,” and “I will.” And when we greet opportunity with this positivity, the sky is the limit on how far we grow.

Here are three reasons, along with some great quotes from three beloved writers, on why saying yes can open doors, inspire change, and build memories.

  1. Discovery. Being open to the universe and saying yes to new journeys, possibilities, and challenges is what enables us to fully experience this living, breathing thing that we call life.

    The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure – Joseph Campbell

  2. Inspiration. Saying yes to even the smallest of opportunities (like going for a walk instead of staying at home) can help smash the brick walls of familiarity and structure, and open us to new scenery and new encounters that can change life.

    If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal – Paulo Coelho

  3.  Courage. Saying yes to the big things in life (think careers, moves, and relationships!) takes bravery – but with a confident mindset and a desire to grow and learn, our decisions become shaping forces that transform our mere existence into our fullest life.

    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain