Dia Bondi is a U.S. SheEO Activator who is the most kick-ass communications catalyst/speaker/coach I know. A few months ago, she wrote a newsletter that I can’t get out of my mind. I guess it’s because so many of the women entrepreneurs I work with still struggle with owning their power. But if we continue to hang back, we’ll never see the changes we want in the world. We must step unabashedly into our greatness. I’ve sent many of my clients to Dia for this very reason and I hope her words here, describing working with clients, inspire you to not hold back anymore:
You want to have more impact, but are you willing to have more impact?
It happens midway through. We’ve worked through a story that resonates. I can see you smile when you say the thing that is actually what you want to say. You are thrilled that you’ve found the words and framework that makes your ideas clear, powerful and spot-on. It’s exactly what you mean, and exactly what your business, book, leadership, or team needs from you to be successful. You’re thrilled you’ve nailed it. It all feels aligned.
And then it hits. The doubt the fear, the questions…
“If I share this, will it be too much?”
“If I’m that direct, will it backfire?”
“Whoa, that’s powerful when I say it, but what will they think?”
Having more impact isn’t just about knowing what to say and how to say it. It’s about tolerating your own power when you do.
It’s about being willing to have a point of view that you may have to defend.
It’s about being willing to have the impact you want….
When you choose to be honest with the world and courageously speak from the heart, you are powerful. Yes, it is a risk and one worth taking.
The question for you is: am I willing to have the impact I want?
More on this next week.
Written by MJ Ryan