Credit: Carrie Severson
I love taking leaps of faith. It’s actually something I’ve become pretty good at. I trust my heart over anything else and if taking a step in a new direction feels good in my heart – I do it. Blindly. Faithfully. With everything I have. Sometimes, against all odds.
Four years ago this month, I took the biggest leap of faith of my life. Four years ago this month, I said YES to the Universe and my life purpose! I launched Severson Sisters, an empowerment organization for girls that empowers them to live as their authentic, awesome, super self.
Most people didn’t think Severson Sisters would make it past its first year. Most people I spoke to prior to launching Severson Sisters told me not to do it. Most everyone I spoke to in fact told me we’d fail – I’d fail. Their reasoning for why we’d fail varied.
One man I spoke to told me he felt it was his moral obligation to, “Paint Plan B” for me because I didn’t have a name for myself in the philanthropic sector in Phoenix. And as a result of not launching with financial support other than my own 401k, he was certain Severson Sisters wouldn’t work.
Severson Sisters is still working!
I never believed in Plan B’s anyway!
In fact, in four years we’ve worked with 1,300 middle-school girls. We’ve expanded into three additional states and we’ve gained financial supporters from individuals, corporations and foundations from around the country.
We created a program from scratch that enhances self-esteem, creates healthy relationships and provides action plans for every day issues girls face like gossip, bullying and body image issues.
In the four years we’ve written two books! And our second book – the Super Girl Guide to Relationships – hits shelves nationwide this month.
We found a way to sell our program to schools across the country.
All of this happened because I trusted my heart and listened to it. I knew what I was feeling was something BIG and I had to follow it.
Don’t get me wrong – leaps of faith are challenging. And the last four years have been filled with unbelievable obstacles. Entrepreneurship – regardless of the professional arena – is challenging.
In the beginning of my journey, there were only two people who knew the organization would work.
I knew it. God knew it. That was it.
As an entrepreneur, I HAD to believe in something bigger than me. As I went further down this road of mine I found my relationship to God grew and I had to trust in that because at times it was all I had.
Each day, I made the decision to trust the path laid out in front of me.
Each day, I made the decision to listen to my heart. And when I couldn’t hear what my heart was saying – I took a step back and rested. Sometimes, I had to rest for long periods of time.
I still don’t know what comes first – the leap or having the faith to do it. I guess all that matters is that I have faith in the leaps I take.
And I choose to trust my faith and the leaps I take.
My faith is louder than my fear.
I can hear my fear. Fear is human. I just listen to my faith more. I trust my heart more than I do the fear that tries to stand in my way of following my heart.
And the fact that Severson Sisters is four years old this month, proves how much faith I have in taking big, bold leaps.
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Carrie Severson is an entrepreneur and storyteller trainer who teaches leaders how to step into their stories and share their lessons. She writes about love, health, burnout, harmony and purpose for national media outlets. She can often times be found on a stage sharing stories. You can always find [...]