There was a time when I did neither. At least publicly.
I followed all the rules. The rules of speaking in public. (no cursing, no crying) The rules about not offending anyone (definitely no cursing). The rules about what it looks like to be a woman leader (definitely no crying).
I am a rule follower from way back. Teachers pet. Straight “A” student. Model employee.
All that changed the day I became a mom. And it changed some more the day I became an entrepreneur. Those two roles – mom + entrepreneur – have taught me that rules made by others that challenge who we are at our soul level are worthless and should be discarded.
At the conference I held true on my promise/disclaimer. I cried and I cursed on stage in front of our 200 attendees and I’m proud of that. Especially the crying. I believe in what is possible to a point that it brings me to tears. That is who I am.
Since the conference the consistent feedback I hear from our attendees is how much they appreciated my vulnerability on stage. Heck yeah, I’m going to be vulnerable. If I’m asking you to step into your power and share your light with the world, I better be ready to do it myself.
And that is who I ask you to be – the full-on version of you.
We have enough wanna-be’s. Most of the emotional, spiritual and psychological pain in this world would disappear if we all woke up one day in total love and acceptance of ourselves.
I need you. The real you. The person who has hopes, dreams and gifts that no other creature on this planet possesses. I don’t care if someone doesn’t like you because of it. They don’t deserve to be in your life if that is the case (and you can tell them I said so).
Your greatness rests in the truth of who you are.
Unleash your soul. Break a rule. Show us who you really are! (And then come back here and tell me about! I’m getting giddy just thinking about it!)