Our deepest fear is that we will run out of places to hide, that one day there will be no boss who allows us to remain invisible and no political or economic circumstance that stops us from doing the most important work of our lives.
We are the ultimate paradox.
There are only two things we want: we want to hide and we want to be seen.
I know you are scared that your idea might not work.
I know you worry about being wrong, far more than you celebrate the things you get right.
I know you waste time being anxious that you won’t measure up to someone else’s metric of success.
I know that some days you say one thing and do another.
Why else would the same New Year’s resolutions happen every new year?
I know you are afraid people will laugh at you.
I know that every day you walk a tightrope between getting over these fears and creating an impact.
I know you are ‘this close’ to a breakthrough.
I wrestle with these fears, too. Every single day. On my best days, I put away my nervous laughter, the twenty emails I must answer and my to-do list, and I do the things I don’t have the courage to do on the days I want to hide.
Every day counts.
The two most important things we can do are to allow ourselves to be seen AND to really see others.
The greatest gift you can give a person is to see who she is and to reflect that back to her.
When we help people to be who they want to be, to take back some of the permission they deny themselves, we are doing our best, most meaningful work, work that matters.
I see you.
We see you.
We appreciate you, we recognise you, we acknowledge you, you matter.
What is the one thing your partner, parent, sibling, colleague audience needs to hear?
Go tell them.