You are such a bright light in the world.
Does your "itty bitty sh*tty committee" say you need three college degrees, 30 years of experience, and 30,000 LinkedIn followers before you start sharing your wisdom? Do you cringe at what other people might think if you became more visible sharing your message?
I know, the term “thought leader” has been bastardized. Anybody with a big ego and WiFi can appoint themselves as one. And, yet so many intelligent, hardworking, and humble change-makers (LIKE YOU!) shrug off the term.
Truthfully, we do not give ourselves the title of ‘thought leader’. Instead, it is given to us by the perception of our target audience. Someone who simply calls themself a thought leader might be missing the whole point. But I think you get it.
We become thought leaders in the eyes of others by being of service, freely giving away the wisdom we've earned through our lived experience.
lemme grab your attention:
"One day, you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else's survival guide."
- Brene Brown
Look through the lens of those we serve with radical empathy and respect.
Strategically share our lived experience and stories from the
trenches to educate and inspire others to join our movement.
Commit to transparent community building, attracting a growing audience of fans, friends, and followers to sit around our campfire.
Fill in collective gaps in understanding to benefit all who still suffer, with a goal of becoming the go-to, trusted expert in our niche.
Take the next right step to the best of our ability with humility and gratitude.
Do the inner work so we can wear our protective trauma responses (such as perfectionism, imposter syndrome and people-pleasing) as loose, flowy garments.
Are comfortable not having all the answers. We do what it takes to find them when the right questions are asked.
Show up with a spirit of abundance, actively saying “no, thank you” to scarcity mentality.
Put the community served above all else. Weave in their wisdom - with credit - into our shared solution.
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