I had to share this post by my sister Arielle Kean (with her permission) The biggest reason I wanted to share this is that it's such a beautiful testimony to hard work, belief in herself, and knowing in her core that this is what she was meant to do! Plus of course her inability to accept "No" How many of you would have given up after the first rejection letter? The 5th? The 9th? How many of you hear "no" and immediately close the door? How many times have you let that one little word stop you from achieving your dream? The thing you know you are made for? I have.
In the past, when ideas would come like little lights in the darkness, I would get so excited! But then I would ask someone's opinion, and when they didn't think it was a good idea, I would shut it off. I'd get discouraged, I'd blow out the light and close the door. It's hard not to care what people think. It really is. The truth is that we're often more afraid of what people will THINK of us if we fail than the actual failing part. No one wants to seem foolish or as though they are the butt of another's joke.
Without going too deep into sharing a story that isn't mine, I will just say this beautiful woman is the true definition of an OVERCOMER. The reality is Arielle, she had those same fears. Those same insecurities that we ALL have. As you can imagine each letter that said "No" it stung a little more. It seemed to become a little more unreachable. The key piece here, she didn't give up. She kept applying. She forced herself to look past the 23 that said "no" and find ONE that would say yes. That is what makes her an OVERCOMER. That is what separates her. That is what catapults her. That piece of her is what will change the lives of the families that she works with. I believe for generations to come!
This spoke so deeply to my heart today that I immediately called her and said: "Sis you have to let me share this." I KNOW that someone needs to hear this today.
1. Stop letting the fear of rejection stifle the light living inside of you. Learn to bounce back from No.
2. Think about the Yes that lives just beyond the last No.
If Arielle would have given up after the 23rd No she would never have heard her YES.
3. Learn to get comfortable being your own biggest cheerleader. That still small voice that lives inside you. Your intuition, higher power, I call it the Holy Spirit. LISTEN to that more than the room that's chattering around you.