This is not an article telling you to say, “yes” to every single opportunity that comes your way, until you are completely booked 24 hours a day 7 days a week leaving you worn out and exhausted, with no time for yourself, others, or rest. There is an art to saying “no” that many people have yet to learn. If you’re anything like me, saying "no" isn’t easy. But sometimes it’s absolutely necessary. Learn your boundaries, your breaking points, and don’t go past them. Work hard but also leave time for yourself to sit back, relax, and enjoy life with the people around you. Rest energizes you for when it is time to hustle and get work done! Saying “no” is a good thing and a necessity to a healthy life.
Now, on the other hand, let's say you’ve just been contacted for the job of a lifetime. Immediately you hear voices telling you “you’re not good enough,” “you're not talented enough,” “you don’t have enough experience” or “’so and so’ would be much better at this.” You have to push past the voices of inadequacy in your head. Don’t you dare say “no” because of fear! Say, “yes” even when it’s scary. I have had opportunities at 19 and 20 years old that I only dreamed of accomplishing by my late 20’s or early 30’s. I have been so naïve and said “yes” later realizing that truly, I am not qualified for what I’ve just gotten myself into. But that has been my greatest asset. Do the things that scare you, push past your comfort zone! Experience is the greatest teacher of all. When we step out in faith and walk towards our calling, the pressure is off. We can choose to put or trust and confidence in Jesus Christ believing that we are fully equipped to accomplish what we were made to do.
I sit here, typing this from my “office” (otherwise known as my kitchen table), wondering how I got so lucky… how did I end up with my dream job? I’m realizing the answer is simple. I said, “yes” when fear told me to say, “no.”