“Find your authentic voice, become vulnerable, and then put yourself out there.” Meredith Brooks.
Putting yourself out there means different things to different people. Whether it is sharing your life’s purpose, looking for a partner or stepping out into a public spotlight, putting yourself out there can be pretty scary. For many of us, putting ourselves out there means putting ourselves out on display – which often means that we open ourselves up to being rejected and hurt. And yes, if we put ourselves out there we do risk someone not liking us or what we have to share – but, if we don’t ever step outside our comfort zone, we risk something greater; never stepping into our greatness and fulfilling our greatest desires. Admittedly none of us likes getting hurt, but by hiding behind our fears, many of us limit who we are and what we can really offer the world. Even if we have found our authentic voice, it ultimately doesn’t matter if we aren’t willing to take risks to be seen. We build up our fears inside of our head until they become so insurmountable that we are frozen or keep putting off what we know we need to do. The key, then, is to embrace our vulnerability and begin to recognize that our true power lies in our fears. When we realize that everyone else is probably scared of the same thing we are, we can better give ourselves permission to step out. And just maybe, when we give ourselves permission to put ourselves out there, we might unlock the door for someone else to bravely step into his or her own authentic voice. We also move one step closer to having everything we say we really want in this world.
Weekly Path to Peace: Put Yourself Out There.
- What is something that you have been putting off or afraid of doing? What have you been telling yourself that you can’t do, but envy other people for being able to do? Yeah, that thing. Identify at least one or two things that you know would be putting yourself out there and pushing your comfort zone.
- Make a plan of action to put yourself out there. Lay out all of the steps, rehearse and create a time line. Because we tend to put off the things that scare us, consider getting an accountability partner who will hold you to your word and make sure you stick to your plan!