As I ambitiously type the title of this blog, I have to confess, I have no idea how to stop hiding. I’m hoping that as I type, that inspiration will hit and I’ll just know the answer.
I would share the answer with you. The person with the great story, or voice, or vision that really wants to get something done, but is so scared to be seen, to be heard, to be in the cold hard spotlight where everyone can pick out your flaws and your inadequacies and make fun of you, that they do absolutely nothing.
We play small.
We stay quiet.
We grip our stomach, churning with the anxiety of all the possible horrible things that will occur if we step out into the spotlight. So we don’t.
And another day goes by.
Our lives a little less bright, our minds pushing us to be more, to express, to live, our fear pushing us just as hard in the opposite direction.
How do we stop hiding? The absolutely most horrible solution that I know of is:
We stop hiding.
Ugh. Did you cringe? Did you recoil in horror? Because I did. Who wants to be exposed for the world to make fun of? To be laughed at? To be trolled? To… to… to…
But maybe worse of all – to express and be ignored completely. To put on our very best, to try, and for there to be no reaction at all.
Which is worse?
Today, do the thing that you fear the most – be visible. Share. Share in a small way. Share in a big way. Share because the pain of keeping yourself small is killing your beauty in degrees.
Share yourself because the world does need you.
Comment with how you shared yourself today. Link to your blog or video or whatever you did to stop hiding and I’ll provide the support and the applause you need.
Be big and bold and beautiful! The world needs you.