I've come to realize one of the biggest dreams we can have and nourish, is creating a life where we can be completely ourselves.
This goes for our businesses too.
I sat down with an experienced solo business owner the other day who desperately wants to grow his presence online. He sees himself commanding large audiences and making a much bigger impact.
For him, the pull to show up more authentically has been brewing for some time, reaching a new level of vulnerability when he came out in his community as gay one year ago.
"I've been hiding," he admitted to me. "I've been afraid of being seen. But I'm not afraid anymore."
Isn't this battle true for all of us, straight or gay? The universal tension between how we really want to be vs. the fear that we will be seen as weird, off-putting, or too much?
Deep down we know that authenticity is the name of the game, and yet we fear it, too.
Believe me, I know.
I had my own piece of un-recognized authenticity bubbling up to the surface...as recently as last week!
You see I realized that there was a part of myself I was unknowingly holding back, for the fear of being seen as weird, off-putting...and being rejected.
I've always been very sensitive and highly intuitive, but a part of me has not known what to make of it.
Like, what if people at networking events knew that Ms. Super Confident self promoter sometimes felt overwhelmed by the energy in the room, uncomfortable, and awkward?
And then a couple of days ago, I had a colleague recently come out and say that by judging my sensitivity, I was holding back one of my greatest gifts. This was an awesome moment- Seeing my sensitivity and intuition as a gift and not a burden. I felt so much compassion for myself, and so much relief.
Since then, I have been personally and professionally ON FIRE. As if that part of myself I had been holding back was just waiting to be harnessed for the greater good.
And since I made this shift toward even more acceptance and expression, I've found more colleagues and clients sharing their own breakthroughs about expressing their authenticity through their work.
They typically go like this (and are super fun to listen to):
I can BE WHO I AM and HAVE WHAT I WANT?
I can be introverted and teach life-changing workshops across the country?
I can admit that I really want to do a one woman show instead of coaching individuals 1-1...and still experience professional success?
I can tell the truth fearlessly....and grow my business around my truth as my biggest asset?
And now you have the opportunity to experience new levels of joy, new levels of impact, and an audience who really accepts you for who you are.
Go ahead, Come Out!
What do you really want to create in the world, and how would you like to be while creating it?
What if you could?
What if that was the easiest way?
You. Are. Amazing. And I’d love to see your presence in the comments below!