Step into who you are: Why speaking out is always better than bottling it all up

If you’ve got something to say, say it.

That’s something I’ve been reminded of in the past few weeks, while life has been throwing new challenges at me left, right and centre.

Speaking out is always better than bottling it up.

You see, not only will sharing your thoughts – whether they be worries, stories, ideas or critiques – lighten your own emotional load, but the chances are someone else will want to hear them too.

On top of that, sharing your thoughts acts to consolidate your own sense of self. Telling your truth helps you step up into who you are.

This lesson has been hammered home time and again over the past few weeks. In the midst of a crisis of confidence, I found that when I stepped up and said what needed to be said – when I stood true to my word – a funny thing happened.

Others began to offer their love and their support. It restored my sense of worth, and reminded me of why I do what I do.

I really was moved. I’m talking a-box-of-Kleenex moved. That’s how much that support meant to me.
And it was all because I spoke out. It was all because I stepped into who I am.

It made me realise the importance of putting yourself out there, even when you want to hide away. Bottling up your problems when you need to be speaking out doesn’t help anybody. Instead, it stops you from growing.

You can’t evolve in this life without being praised and reprimanded. You can’t be an influence in the world without experiencing some of the pain of it. It’s just not possible.

So what am I saying to you?

It’s simple. Be yourselves. Don’t hold back. Step up into who you are. If you’ve got something to say, just say it.