“Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind–even if your voice shakes. When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say. Well-aimed slingshots can topple giants.” —Maggie Kuhn
Your words hold power. They do. Think about how impactful words told to you as a child were. Consider the stinging insults from the playground bully. Or, the advice from the family member who made you feel invincible.
Words hold power. Your words hold power.
And yet, how often are we called to use our words before we feel ready? How often are we called to speak up when no one else seems to care? Our words still matter. They matter when we stutter. They matter when we overthink them before saying anything.
At times, unspoken words can have the greatest impact. They can do the most violence.
Your words matter.
You might be in a situation right now where you’re doubting yourself. Imposter syndrome has crept back in.
You’re being asked to present, teach, or proclaim, and you’re thinking: “They have the wrong person. I’m not ready for this. I’m not right for this.” Let me tell you something: you were called to the table for a reason. You are right for this. Someone saw brilliance, answers, and better questions in you.
It’s your time to say what needs to be said. Offer up your opinions. Challenge the status quo. Say what only you can say: your truth. Don’t settle.
I know, it’s scary to be impeccable with our words. It can be frightening to tell others what we’re really thinking. What if we give them something to use against us in the future?
What if you say something that could help shift someone else’s story? What if your words are the difference between joy and pain for the person you didn’t even know was listening? What if your words could liberate?
They can. They have. They will.
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