We hear the word “voice” a lot these days. In fact, much of what I write and speak about as a counselor and coach emphasizes the importance of cultivating your voice. In order to understand why this cultivating your voice is so important, one must have a clear understanding of the meaning of “voice.”
Here is what I mean when I refer to the word “voice”:
- Your voice is the heart of who you are and what you believe.
- Your voice reflects your unique paradigm, orientation, and belief system.
- Your voice is the core of your being.
- Your voice is the integration of your life experiences, unique perspective, and temperament.
- Your voice is a unique collection of your emotions, mind and spirit.
- Your voice is you!
So, when you are cultivating your voice, you are simultaneously developing the core of your being! When you honor your voice, you are also honoring yourself. As you take the time to listen to your voice and integrate your perspective into the world that you live in, you are also bringing yourself into your world…and your world needs your perspective.
It’s essential that every woman is empowered to listen to her voice. When you are able to discover what your voice is telling you,
- you are empowered to make decisions that are consistent with your unique purpose, paradigm, and belief system;
- you honor the core of your being;
- you gain an essential element of self-awareness; and
- you become more confident and effective in your decision-making process.
I suspect for many of you being empowered in this way might sound nice in theory, but it also seems difficult, right?
That’s okay. You have your lifetime to take the necessary steps to cultivate and honor your voice. But you can only do so if you commit to the core belief that your voice matters.
I want to provide you with a few powerful coaching questions that will encourage you on this journey. These coaching questions work best if you set aside a few moments to really reflect on your responses. In fact, I would encourage you to journal your response to each question.
- Do you believe that your voice is vital to the world you live in? If so, why?
- Think about a current situation that you are in which requires your voice. Do you have the confidence you need to bring your voice to the situation?
- How does knowing your voice work in tandem with knowing and trusting yourself? Do you know and trust yourself? Why or why not?
- Think about a time when you did not listen to your voice. What might be different in your life if you had known and listened to your voice?
If you would like to learn more about how to listen to your voice, visit my website where you can download a free coaching tool I created FOR YOU:
LEARN HOW TO LISTEN TO YOUR VOICE: A MINDFULNESS APPROACH
I created the coaching tool for one of my workshops, and I would love to share it with you.
I look forward to your thoughts, comments and dialogue!
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