when you speak up, when you be visible, when you stand tall and stand out,
people won’t like it
people won’t like you
people will talk about you behind your back
people will criticise you
people will disagree with you
people will hate that you shine bright
people won’t notice you at all
people won’t care what you have to say
people will copy you
people will leave you and move onto something or someone else
and i know that it’s really freaking hard when these things happen.
but what if…
nothing bad happened at all
or what if, even if something bad happened, it was worth it.
you made a difference to just one other person
you were noticed by just the right person to help propel your success
you helped someone, greatly
you gained new, avid fans
you made new sales
your message reached the exact person who’s been longing to find someone like you
your message went viral
you reached a tipping point
you had a positive impact
perhaps, if you make an effort to raise your visibility and raise your voice, one or more of these things will happen.
but for sure, NONE of it will happen if you don’t.
your comfort zone is safe. and it feels good. and it would be really nice to keep coasting (or hiding! or playing small.)
but if you want something awesome to happen, you have to do something awesome.
your voice in this space matters.
there is someone out there who needs to hear what you have to say or see what it is you do.
sure, someone might not like it when you speak up. but let’s not give that person more energy than they deserve.
instead focus on the person who will absolutely love it… she is just waiting to find out about you.