“No is a powerful word. I risked being fired to stand up for what I believe in. Being able to say no will help you become confident in setting personal standards as well as being comfortable setting boundaries. Both of which are critical in your journey toward success.” -Steve Harvey, Think Like A Success Act Like a Success
Man oh man if this isn’t on point today right now in this moment?! I was contemplating something that just wasn’t agreeing with my spirit and it was weighing on me. But thanks be to God He gave me the bravery to stand up for what I was being led to do. Then, I was embarrassed, nervous, worried about what people would think of me. I heard a powerful word, shared it with someone else and was instantly assured that I made the right move. Ain’t that just like God???
The power of saying no goes beyond just not wanting to overbook yourself, it is an exclamation of what you will not do. We sometimes feel obligated to do something to help someone else or to advance our career. But if your spirit is telling you not to do something, please listen. The small sacrifice will far outweigh the outcome of participating in that which is not right for you.
I have been presented with different opportunities in my career and I had a conversation with my mother about, “What if I was asked to do something that I didn’t agree with?” That situation occurred and I actually considered saying yes. But fortunately God gives us a conscience that will not allow us to sleep until we do the right thing.
What would have happened if I said yes? It may have led to more doors opening, set me up for a great career. But spiritually my growth would be stunted. Ultimately my future is based on my purpose, not the zeroes in my bank account. As Mary Mary sings, “My conviction is much stronger than my need to please.”
I want to encourage you today to listen to that still voice telling you to say no. It may seem that you are missing out on an amazing opportunity but I guarantee you if God is telling you no, He has something much bigger waiting for you. He just wants to know that you will be obedient. Trust Him.
-Renée Nicole Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative