For years I've invoked Dolly Parton as my very own Goddess of Courage. She's consistently modeled fearlessness and a fierce belief in herself over her long career in a male-dominated industry. While there are countless reasons to follow Dolly's lead, this story illustrates why she's my go-to inspiration when I feel small and stuck.
Drawing from Dolly's bold decision to turn down Elvis, I now ask myself regularly,
"If I say no, what am I saying yes to?"
This question prompts me to take on a longer term view, to open my mind to possibilities beyond what's right in front of me and most importantly, to consider my deepest values.
When I Said "No"
Here are three times in my life I followed Dolly's lead and said no to things that seemed impossible to reject.
Your Turn To Say "No"
Identify three times in your life when you said no.