In a lot of my reading recently, I’m coming across a common theme.
The truth will set you free.
You see, what we resist will persist. And everything we fib about or deny, we are resisting.
Most of us deny our own emotions. We dare not show fear, particularly at work. We need to keep our envies at bay and not let that cute so-and-so down the road know about our crush. We’d better hide any lack of confidence or concern we have about our abilities. And boy, we’d better do everything we can to make sure no one – and I mean no one – finds out we feel like an undeserving fraud sometimes.
Now, I’m not saying you need to sing and dance your apprehensions from the rooftop, but denying your emotions will only aggravate them!
Senior executives who have admitted to me their insecurity or anxieties have expressed huge relief and freedom by simply and finally admitting their truth. In part, that’s because I didn’t keel over in shock or stop liking them because of their admission of humanity!
Action – You are no doubt hiding some emotion, positive or negative. The longer you hold it in, the more pain or strain it will cause.
Speak your truth to someone you trust – a friend, partner, colleague or confidante. You don’t necessarily have to do anything with that admission. Just release the pressure of holding it in.
Set yourself free.
(What do you know now that you’ll admit to in 6 months? THAT is a truth that deserves to be told now! If you want to share it, please leave a response in the comments box.)