You know that feeling you get that you were made for something bigger than what you’re doing? It isn’t that what you’re doing—in your professional life, your family, your relationships—is totally unimportant.
It’s just that you sense a powerful potential inside of you that hasn’t quite been unlocked.
It might feel like something is getting in your way, or maybe that you’re getting in your own way. You may even wonder if you might be mistaken altogether.
“Maybe I’m wrong about having great potential,” you think to yourself. “Maybe that’s just selfish.”
If this is you, I want to say this: I get it. I’ve been there.
Heck—I’m still there at times in my life.
And I want to say, resolutely, you are not wrong about the powerful potential inside of you. You were made to do something great. The world needs to you to unlock and uncover that powerful potential you have.
This is the very power you have to change the world.
I call it finding your voice.
One of the biggest misconceptions about “finding your voice,” if you ask me is that is this frivolous or extraneous activity—that it is a nice thing to do, in your free time, if you’ve got some extra money on your hands.
But I don’t see it this way at all.
Finding your voice is the most important thing you can do for yourself and for the world.
Let me give you an example.
I just got home from a week-long trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Some of you may be familiar with the conflict and devastation that is happening in that part of the world but if you aren’t familiar, just know this: it’s truly heartbreaking and painful and there are many convincing sides to this one, long, painful story.
I wish I could flesh it out more for you here, but that will have to wait for a later time.
For now, just trust me on this one: on both side of the conflict, you’ll meet people who, for all intents and purposes, don’t have a voice.
I met two women while I was there who each fall on different sides of the conflict. One was an Israeli. The other was a Palestinian. And although they disagree about many things in life, they agreed on this one thing: it was time to start speaking up.
It was time to find their voice.
So they started a blog.
They began sharing stories from their own lives and the lives of their friends who were a part of the conflict, so that those who hadn’t experienced it firsthand could see what it would be like to live on either side.
Their goal wasn’t to broker some kind of political deal. It wasn’t to take sides. It was to show their humanity by simply sharing their voices.
We talked about the changes they were seeing, the confidence they had, the passion, the drive, the friendship, the community, the healing that was coming from this simple but powerful commitment to put words on paper.
And as we sat around a table—a group of bloggers and writers from the United States and these diverse women from across the world—something occurred to me:
One of the most powerful things in the world is voice.
Your voice. Their voice. Our voice.
I can attest to this. I’ve also seen dramatic changes in my life since I set out to discover my unique voice.
I’ve watched my anxiety dissipate, my income grow, my passion unfold, my friendships deepen, my marriage become more fun and fulfilling, the number of days I spend depressed in bed lessen and my career path become more clear.
I have more energy to give generously to those who need it.
I have more clarity, more compassion, more integrity, more power over my own circumstances.
When we learn to speak up about what matters most to us, things change.
People change. We change. The world changes.
You may not feel like you have anything to write about. You may wonder if your words really matter. You may assume someone else is doing it better than you. But let me urge you against this destructive way of thinking.
If you don’t find your voice—no one will.
No one can do it “better” than you. There is only one you.
Your voice will not be easy to find. It will not happen overnight. But it does matter. It matters more than just about anything else.
Your voice can change the world.
26 thoughts on “When You Find Your Voice, You Change the World”
This may have been one of the most important things I’ve read all year… for so long, I’ve had this exact conversation in my head (in the first stanzas of this post).
Several things you said at Storyline stuck; here was one: “Finding your voice is less about finding your voice than it is about finding yourself.” I’m reminded of that as I read this post.
Thank you, Ally. Happy New Year.
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