The Successful Woman
Why speaking out is hard to do
Speaking out can be one of the most difficult and intimidating things we do. It takes courage to put ourselves in a vulnerable position, to take a risk and express our true feelings - especially when we fear judgement, rejection or failure. But why is speaking out so hard for us?
In this blog post, we will explore the psychology behind why speaking out can be daunting and offer some tips on how to overcome our fears, in order to feel confident when it comes time to share our stories and use our voices.
When we think of using our voices, it often means that we need to stand up for something or value our perspectives despite social pressures that may push us into conformity. This involves an authenticity that comes with both courage and conviction, as well as being aware of any potential risks or rewards associated with what we have to say. When speaking out, there are two main components at play:
Having a voice, which is being exposed to what's happening around you, understanding different perspectives and figuring out what’s important to you.
Using your voice, which requires confidence and being willing to face any consequences that may arise from expressing oneself openly.
It can be daunting knowing that whatever you say could potentially be judged by others or rejected by those who you care about the most. That’s why it’s important to remember that you are in control of your own narrative – so don't let fear stand in the way of what needs to be said.
If the thought of speaking up overwhelms you too much all at once, try breaking down these obstacles into smaller achievable goals by taking baby steps. Additionally, building your confidence can help immensely – seek out mentors who can provide constructive feedback so you feel empowered when it comes time to use your voice.
We all want our voices heard – but sometimes it takes courage before we're ready take the plunge into using them without fear. Taking deliberate steps forward so the next time the opportunity arises for something important to be said you are ready