I have a problem with the word no.
It seems whenever a favor is asked, an opportunity arises, a task presents itself, a friend asks, or a need is made known, the word no disappears from my vocabulary.
I can say it. I know how to pronounce it. I learned it years ago when I was just a wee little tike. It is possible for me to speak the word.
I just don’t always do it.
It’s not always a bad thing. Not using the word no has opened some incredible doors for me.
It’s why I’ve gone to Europe 11 times.
It’s why I help lead two young adult ministries.
It’s why I’ve led Ignite for the past 12 years.
It’s why I’ve spoken at numerous churches, youth groups, and summer camps.
It’s why I started this blog.
It’s why I’ve been in weddings, spoken at funerals, and disciple a number of young people.
Avoiding the word no has provided me some amazing opportunities.
It’s hard to prioritize when you don’t use the word no.
If you’ve said yes to a dream, if you’ve taken the steps to move forward in a particular direction, if you’ve committed to an opportunity, there will be times you need to say no.
No to opportunities that don’t align with your dream.
No to tasks that pull you in a difference direction.
No to roles where you could excel, but ultimately cost you your dream.
When pursuing your dream, you need to say it.
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Good opportunities will always arise, but the great opportunities — those don’t come often.
Learn to say no now, so you can say yes to what truly matters.
What are your thoughts about saying no? Leave a comment below.
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