And How to Turn Those Obstacles Into Opportunities
Finding our voice is first about uncovering what’s inside. It’s about uncovering those essential pigments that when, added together, reflect our God-design.
But what happens obstacles become barriers to us uncovering our true voices?
I asked some friends recently: What’s one challenging part of uncovering your true voice?
Their responses fall into one of these 3 obstacles.
1. Halting the Noise
We live in a very noisey culture.
Sometimes I wonder if everyone is talking, but no one is saying anything, because we’re just parrots of other people.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
This is true for our voices too. The voices of the people around you can inadvertently (or not so inadvertently) become your voice if you aren’t mindful.
2. Hearing the Doubts
This is the most challenging obstacle for me.
The doubts lead to questions like:
- Is this really my true voice?
- Can I trust this voice that I think I’ve found?
- What if I speak and it’s all wrong?
3. Hating the Process
Uncovering your true voice is hard. My friend shared: “Not many people start a project that they know in advance is going to be hard. Takes discipline and motivation!”
But there’s hope friends…
Here’s how we turn these obstacles into opportunities:
1. Expose the Noise
Expose the noise for what it is: noise.
Don’t just let it overwhelm you so much that your only response is to halt it, because you haven’t learned how to handle it.
One of the questions I ask in Color Me Yellow is: What makes you tick and what ticks you off?
When you’re hearing the noise of people around you, of the media, or even the noise in your head, ask yourself:
- Does this make me tick aka is this something that resonates? OR
- Does this tick me off aka is this something that makes me feel not quite right?
2. Engage the Doubts
Doubts stall us. When we’re stalled, we stop uncovering our true voice.
Engage the doubts. If you question the voice that you’ve uncovered, test it out with someone.
The worst thing that will happen is you will sound ridiculous. But then, you’ll learn from sounding ridiculous.
When we engage the doubts by testing them, we dismantle the power of the doubts over us.
3. Enjoy the Process
You have been transformed, you are being transformed, and you will be transformed.
If we leave our ongoing transformation unattended, we can become someone who we weren’t designed to be.
Build in rhythms to enjoy the process.
Tip: These rhythms don’t need to be hours long. Start with 5 minutes of reflecting on who you are and who you’re becoming.
Here are some of my of my go-tos:
- Sitting quietly
- Going for a walk
Find something enjoyable to you.
Don’t leave who you were designed to become go unattended, because the process seems hard.
As you build the rhythm little by little, the process becomes enjoyable.
In the tension, together,