Show Up & Be Seen

As a leader or business owner is there a part of you that is waiting for people to find you?

The truth is it is so much easier to hide than to stand up and be seen.

How often do we hide from communicating our ideas and work? Hide from showing what we feel to our partners and friends? Hide from expressing what we really think and feel? If you are like the rest of us, the chances are you hide quite a lot!

We hide because we are frightened. Frightened of not being good enough, frightened of people not liking us or frightened of feeling unsafe in some way. I know you have these fears as well.

Conquering the fear of being seen and heard is definitely not about changing who you are. It is not about forcing yourself to be an extrovert or diving headlong into becoming an expert at networking! The only way I know to come out of hiding is to increase our self-awareness.

Only when you learn more about your own fears and the specific ways that you hide can you feel comfortable enough to drop the mask and step out into the spotlight. When we learn who we are we can share our ideas and thoughts in an authentic way and automatically inspire others to do the same.

One of the keys to getting out of your own way, is to change your focus from your individual fears to the people you want to connect with.

So whether you are a leader, a business owner or a friend, have a think about how you can be seen and show up in 2017. How can you stop thinking about your own roadblocks and start focusing on the people you want to serve? Whatever it involves, know that the feelings of fear will come, as they always travel with anything exciting, so embrace them.

Keep on track by revisiting the impact you are having and keep going, make 2017 the year that you come out of hiding and get in front of people.

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