it's a no, until you ask!

for a long time, i lived in fear. i was afraid. i was afraid to be wrong.

i was scared to hear someone say no to me.

i know, such a simple 2 letter word.

but honestly, it ate away at me.

& not knowing what to do, i let it get to me.

i let hearing that one syllable word control me.

my mind would race with confusion. my head would pound.

it was awful.

but one day after hearing the word no, i understood

i could use that two letter word as motivation + inspiration 

the word didn't need to stop me

& it wouldn't.

 
here i am appreciating the beauty of the napali coast of kauai in her fullest wonder because i stopped being afraid of hearing no 

here i am appreciating the beauty of the napali coast of kauai in her fullest wonder because i stopped being afraid of hearing no 

 

why put life on hold?

why wait?

why live the same way day after day?

and if i didn't ask, the answer is pretty simple, no.

so if the answer is a no if you don't do anything, i realized if i did something there was the possibility that it might be a yes.

why wait any longer delaying my potential?

a no is only a no until i turn it into a yes

ask and be surprised

got feedback? i'd love to know...how, specifically, have you handled being told no? how did you respond to turn that no into a yes? what worked and what didn't? 

share your ideas and stories below

with love

Derek Russell