I saw a video recently and it reminded me how a few year ago I gave away my voice as a woman and thus lost my Personal Power. This is short window into my personal life but hey sometimes you have to give away a bit of your story to inspire others.
I am an african born and raised woman and in my culture, when a woman is going through a hard time, she is expected to be strong and just deal with it.
A few years ago, I was in a very difficult and painful relationship. I had just become a young mother and was just trying to get back on my feet and deal with this brand new situation. That relationship did not turn out the way my heart desired and I stayed silent through it all. I let other people decide for me.
I let other people decide my fate. I was told things like " you are a woman", "be strong" "our mothers have been through this and they stood strong" "this is how it is supposed to be" "be patient" "don't worry he will change" blah blah blah...
Somehow in the mist of all this drama, I totally lost my self-esteem, self-worth and self-confident. I could barely recognise myself. I gave away my voice and trusted other people's voice to be more powerful than mine and it led me to misery!
Why I am telling you this?
The reason being is that if you are blessed with a voice, YOU OUGHT TO USE IT! You don't need permission, you don't need to deserve it, you don't need to wait for someone to create a platform for you to raise your voice, you CREATE the platform.
As women entrepreneurs, specifically when starting out, you look around and shrink because of lack of experience, lack of visibility among other reasons.
You look at what other people are doing and just stay small in your corner, sacrificing your voice. But if you do not speak up who will hear you? If you do not show up who no will see you?
Most of it is tied to low self-worth or low self-esteem and fear of course!
I guarantee you that when you decide to speak up, show up and get your Personal Power back, things will shift in a way that will blow your mind!
Alright that's it for now. Check below the video I mentioned earlier.