“I am thankful for all of those who said no to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” Albert Einstein
When my daughters were young they would ask me to draw something for them. Now when I was young I wasn’t encouraged at school, stick figures can be challenging for me. I’m not upset as I have found my creativity in other ways than drawing. So I would say to my daughters, “You show me how you draw them & they’ve all got much better abilities than I ever did because I basically said, “no, I wouldn’t do it for them.” This was history repeating itself in the dressmaking department. My mother hadn’t done a lot of sewing, so if I wanted to make something I had to do it for myself. Hence I ended up making all the children’s clothes when there were no cheap imports like there are these days, and I was able to save some dollars for the family budget.
Steve Jobs has been quoted as saying, “It’s only by saying “no,” that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.” You get to choose where you put your energy, and like Einstein you may be grateful to someone who said “no,” because it gave you time and energy to say “yes,” to something else. Maybe learning to say “no,” yourself instead of waiting for someone else to, could be a great skill to learn. Just visualise what could be possible if you were to move forward and achieve your goals and dreams. It may be all the initiative you need to get you started, even one small baby step and like a snowball the momentum could build.
Enjoy being grateful for the part of you who is making a decision!