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If you asked anyone whether they’d like to live their life to the fullest, I expect their answer would be an ethusiastic “yes” (mine certainly would be). But sometimes it feels that a lot of people aren’t trying very hard to make it a reality.

I was recently exploring Pelee Island in Ontario, Canada, on a tandem bicycle with me wife. As we cycled along, I noticed a grey house with the words “Why Not” written on it. That, I thought, is probably the right attitude in a world that more typically just asks “why”.

Life is filled with different possibilities that are presented to us every day, but sometimes it seems like a quick “no” is our default response to these many opportunities. This can come from a lack of belief in one’s self or a sense of being afraid to fail even though failure is a natural part of life, too. When we say “no” we actively make the choice to limit our life experience and we lose out on opportunities to grow.

Growth requires risk, and taking a risk requires us to step outside of our comfort zones. The desire for safety and security with respect to this kind of decision making may come naturally, but it also limits your opportunity to live your life to the fullest.

Don’t get me wrong – this doesn’t mean following through on every random thought in your head or every situation you’re presented with, but it does mean asking “why not” instead of just reacting with a quick “no”.

So the next time you’re confronted with an opportunity, asked to do something you’ve never done, or are thinking about something you’d like to change in your relationship or life, just consider: “why not”. Don’t be concerned because you fear rejection or aren’t sure how someone will react. Instead, live your life to the fullest by asking yourself “why not” instead of just deciding to not bother. It’s a simple consideration but it can lead to a richer, more exciting life – and that’s something we all deserve, so give it a try!

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