What Does "Finding Your Voice" Really Mean? And Why is it So Important?
Have you ever heard thought leaders or your mentors once say that they finally found “their voice” and it led them to where they are today? What does finding your voice really mean though? When we dig deep into this powerful process, we uncover some instrumental areas.
For example, the word “voice” steams from the Latin word vocare, which means “to call, or invoke”. The word vocation also is very similar. We can then say that finding your voice means finding your true-calling, your passion, or your life’s work.
All of us have God-given strengths and values painted deep within. It is up to us to find these, even if they don’t make sense at first.
Your ideas may be rejected and overlooked causing your voice to die out a little bit more and more. It is easy for your voice to get lost and transition of your external world, but regardless, you must actively pursue your voice and create a path for it to emerge.
Get out your journal and try the following exercises to pull out your inner voice
1. Remove the Noise
It’s great to seek advice from those you trust, but there’s got to come a time where you tune out from all of the external noise and look for the answers within. Turn off the Podcast, put the book away, call a friend later, and just sit with your thoughts. What do you know in your gut to be true? Gauge how you feel. Intuition is real. Energy does not lie. Trust what is coming from within.
2. Listen to What Makes You Cry
Ever find yourself crying and you don’t even know why? Author of A Million Simple Ways, Emily Freeman, brought this game changer to my attention. When do the tears pour down? There’s a message hidden beyond your waterworks. What is your inner-voice trying to tell you through this somatic response?
I find myself tearing up during movies that involve real-life raw transformation. Stories that show someone is being vulnerable and true to themselves. Anytime someone shares that they were the underdog who conquered the unimaginable, an unexplainable energy stirs up inside of me and I become overwhelmed with anticipation and joy. I believe my calling lies somewhere in-between here: Helping others who will do whatever it takes to get to the top of the mountain one day find themselves conquering several mountain tops! It’s a beautiful thing!
Witnessing people step into their potential is awe-inspiring.
Ask yourself what type of story would fester something inside of you? Who do you feel compiled to help? Is it the one without supportive parents, the one who gets bullied in school, the one who thinks they have it all together but are scared to ask for help? Who do you empathize with? Listen in!
3. Hone in On Your Story
What’s your story? What challenges have you overcome? Why do you want what you want? There are so many hidden treasures that will help you find your voice or life’s calling through your story.
My story, for example, (the short version) started with a troubled adolescence. I never felt like I fit in at school and I was a lost and troubled teenager, like most. I had an a-hah moment in my guidance counselor’s office when she made it her mission to push me out of my funk and get me back on track. Ever since that meeting, I turned my F’s into A’s, got involved on campus, went off to college to do the same and graduated with my master’s degree in psychology with a 4.0GPA. I’m now a psychology professor and I find myself checking in with my students to see how they are really doing. This is my first-year teaching and I feel overjoyed with the work I do. So much so that I feel my voice and life’s purpose is to engage student’s and help other professionals align their strengths and purpose with their life.
Our minds are in constant motion. The average person has about 50,000 thoughts a day according to recent research. With our minds running rampage due to the demands of our external world, it’s easy to get bogged down and lose your voice. Practices such as meditation are excellent for rejuvenating your energy by quieting the mind. This practice will also help you find yourself.
Meditation also has the ability to slow down the racing thoughts you experience to ease stress, and to nurture a tired soul. It also allows peace to emerge to the rest of the body.
Meditation is a personal experience and there is no right or wrong way to meditate. Whatever makes the person most calm, comfortable and slows the mind is what is ideal. Meditation sometimes brings a weird stigma with it’s name and people get freaked out by it. Maybe you need a little bit more convincing with the benefits of meditation?
Maybe seeing that the following people meditate will make you want to try meditation:
Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington, Michael Jordan, Richard Branson, Angelina Jolie, Paul McCartney, Kobe Bryant, Russel Simmons, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Science backs up the positive results meditation can provide to. Check out this study to find out why you should meditate to create!