I recently started a 30-day video challenge with Michelle Hart to support my goal of becoming more visible in this format. My intention had been to develop a series of quick tip videos for speakers. But as is often the case, life is what happens while we are making other plans.
What I discovered instead was easily as valuable. What I discovered was the importance of permission.
In my mind, over the course of the 30 days, I had this vision that would I develop the scripts, get all dolled up, sit on my couch and enthusiastically share my tips. Done!
Instead, what is occurring is I am letting the process happen much more organically. I am letting it evolve to see what else is possible. In the spirit of this exploration, I renamed this challenge my “permission videos” because I realized that what I really needed was full permission to say whatever was on my mind and in my heart, to drop the mask, to see what came thru.
Of course some of it could be re-worked as a more ‘finished product,’ but what was most important was the allowing. What was vital and so freeing was the freedom to reveal the parts of us we rarely do, and surprisingly, to see ourselves as beautiful – just as we are – wild hair, no makeup – with no judgment, no harsh critic – only acknowledgement, acceptance and wonder.
In doing this work for myself, it just further confirmed the importance of creating that container for my clients as they began the process of crafting their presentations.
I invite my clients to give themselves permission to drop the mask, let go of expectations and judgment. Instead to give themselves full and abundant permission to get ugly, to make mistakes, to explore and feel like the fool. To play and dance even if they are awkward and cannot carry a tune. Because the freedom we feel when we sing to the wind is incomparable.
Someone recently asked why I spread the work out over three months, and I told them it was so that clients could experience the gift of the process. Yes, I provide structure, and accountability, but the work I do with my clients also gives them freedom. By allowing some time to explore, it gives them the freedom to allow, to invite, to create the door thru which inspiration comes, and the soul breathes.
It also takes practice and faith. To keep showing up each day, to ask the question, to hold hands open, heart open, to breathe, as we allow ourselves to come slowly, gently, sweetly out into the open.
- Telling our story
- Claiming our voice,
- Stepping into our light even as we embrace our shadow
- Dancing in our power, our beauty, our grace.
So give yourself permission and see what comes thru – it is perhaps the greatest gift of all.
To Your Journey.