I realized as I began my personal and professional development journey, everyone seemed to have an opinion of what was best for me. One bestselling book said one thing. A famous workshop leader said something entirely different. Then, a well-known motivational speaker would have a whole different perspective on things. I felt like I was on information overload.
Listening to all the “experts” can get downright confusing! There were times when I felt like I was running around in circles. So you know what I did? I did nothing. I stopped and just did nothing. I stopped reading. I stopped listening. I stopped trying new things. I just stopped.
That’s when it dawned on me that I was the only person who knew what was best for me. I took a deep breath and decided to take the best of what I’d learned from the “experts” and tweak it to work for my personality, my goals and my lifestyle. I decided to find my own unique voice.
I’m not going to say finding my voice happened overnight. Like learning any new skill or changing a long time habit, it took patience, it took effort and it took persistence. I was determined not to stop until I found my uniqueness – the one that fit my personality.
Today I can honestly say I’ve become very comfortable in my ability to trust my choices and voice my own opinions. You know what? As I grew more self-confident and my voice grew stronger, my business grew confidently stronger too.
Bottom line: When I stopped trying to be like all the “experts” and decided to recognize and honor my own unique gifts and talents, I found my voice – the one that sounds like me.
Here’s what I learned: Don’t try to be a clone of anyone else. Be yourself.
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