You have a unique truth that is authentic to you. It can come in the form of brilliant ideas, strong opinions and wisdom filled insights. Others may or may not share these same truths because you are a one of a kind, once in a lifetime event! All of your experiences and a myriad of other factors came together to inform your unique view on life. You are essential. The world needs to hear from YOU. When you fully express your truth, you continue to evolve. It is part of the process of shining and sharing your light.

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Yet so many of you ignore or silence this truth in order to feel accepted, keep the peace, or to avoid feeling uncomfortable. Fear around speaking up is a common theme I see with my clients, and many of you. No matter how successful you may be, if you are not authentically sharing your truth, then you are not living up to your truest potential.

You limit your SUCCESS if your fear of criticism SILENCES your authentic insights.

In order to evolve and up level your success, happiness and freedom you must learn to express what you really think. Your thoughts and your words matter. Though somewhere along the way you might have been told that they didn’t. Your ideas and opinions may not have always been welcome but this is true for most of us. There is not a single, successful person I know who has not been shot down, rejected or mocked for speaking up. Your truth will always threaten or piss off someone. But so what? You are not that fragile and you can start at any time. Even if has been years, or decades since you spoke your truth, it is not too late to be brave, to be seen and to take your place at the table.

You have a unique and authentic truth that only YOU know and only YOU can bring.

To speak your truth, you must know your truth. Start by honestly answering a few questions. How different is your outside life from your internal experience? How different is what you say from how you really feel or what you really think about something?

Speak your mind even if your voice shakes – Maggie Kuhn

Begin by focusing on your primary relationships, meaning those people that you feel most connected to, or whom you spend the most time with. Consider how happy and comfortable you feel being yourself, speaking your truth and sharing your ideas in these relationships. Also consider where you feel small, uncomfortable and confined when it comes to sharing your truth. Simply recognizing the relationships and situations where you do not feel free to be authentic brings you one step closer to speaking up.

Once you have gained some clarity, it’s Go Time! You can take a big leap and set up a meeting with your boss to share a new business idea, or take a small step by requesting paper instead of plastic bags at the market. Any forward motion of authentically honoring what you feel, think and want is progress. As you continue to take ownership of your truth by speaking straight, you will feel more and more empowered. You will also become less concerned about the ‘good’ opinion of others and more interested in the path you are on towards sharing your truest self with your friends, family, partner and the world.

True intimacy, unbridled success, and feeling deeply satisfied in life all require you to step up and speak up.

In the comments below please share one area or relationship where you are not speaking up. Then, tell me one way this week that you plan on being more authentic. What are you going to do, or say, to express your unique truth?

I am so excited to hear from you and as always will support you in any way I can. Have a glorious week authentically speaking up, sharing who you are, and making this world a brighter place. As always, take care of you.

Love Love Love

Terri Cole is a licensed psychotherapist, transformation coach, and an expert at turning fear into freedom. Sign up for Terri’s weekly Tune Up Tips and follow her on Twitter.

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