What is your “Yes?”

In saying "no," I found my "yes."

For the past two years I’ve been writing a book, a guide actually, to showing up and living life fully. The process from conception to finding an agent, a publisher, and completing the manuscript has consumed my life. I’ve been waking at 4:00 am to write before teaching yoga and managing my business. As my July manuscript deadline got closer, the pressure increased and the more often I found myself saying, “No.”

I said no to lunch with friends, no to networking meetings, no to opportunities to teach or speak. No, no, no. I said no more than ever before. As my calendar cleared, so did my mind and I began to understand why I felt compelled to write a book.

In saying “no,” I found my “yes.”

Deep down I feel called to share my journey with you — my breakdowns and breakthroughs — how I’ve unpacked my mind and heart and put myself back together in a whole new way. Deep down I know the clarity and fearlessness I’ve discovered, you can discover too and the tenderness and joy I’ve experienced, you can experience too.

In saying “no,” I discovered that my “yes” is my passion to wake up, show up and shine in every corner of my life and my deep desire to help you do so too.

This resounding, “yes” pulled me out of bed at 4:00 am every morning and sat me down at my laptop for hours and hours. It guided me to say no to non-essential activities — stuff that got in the way of writing and, over the past month, directed me into more and more stillness and silence. My yes carried me through weeks of writing and sleeping, writing and sleeping. My yes got it done. 

What is your “yes?”

Have you thought about what gets you out of bed every morning? What inspires you to lean in and explore your boundaries? Is it raising your kids to be conscious global citizens, leading a campaign for cleaner water, or teaching others to be kinder or more compassionate?

What is your “yes?”

If you want to be inspired and inspire others, you’re going to want to find out. You likely have a few answers. Some may stand out today and others tomorrow. Identify your “yes” in the morning and notice how it directs your focus. Let your “yes” guide you when to say no in your daily life. Let your “yes” help you lean into life in a whole new way.

Let your “yes” inspire you to show up and shine.

I’ll warn you though once you’re aware of it, you may start getting up at 4:00 am, and you may start saying “no” more and more, but once thing’s for sure, your “yes” is definitely worth getting to know.

I’d love to hear from you. If you know your “yes,” please share. Not only will your “yes” inspire others, but it’ll also feel great to proclaim it to the world.


Cara Bradley

Cara Bradley, a former pro-skater for Team Rollerblade®, is a yoga teacher, mental strength coach, author, and entrepreneur having devoted more than three decades to movement disciplines and personal transformation.

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