My professional life was always rooted in “more”. After all, isn’t that the focus of all business? more revenue, more profit, more customers, more sales, more reach, more products, more services, more success, more, more, more – right? So when I started this Blog my intentions were pretty simple: inspire women to live full lives, on whatever terms, without judgement (from yourself) and in whatever way you need to live this beautiful life (notice that I didn’t say “more”). But like all things that you love and nourish, they will grow into something more than what you intended. As quickly as this little Blog of mine grew, my internal dialogue started whispering more, more, more – more followers, more readers, more subscribers. Because after all, more = success – right?
Oprah once said:
“we all have a platform from which we may influence the world. Maybe it’s 20 people, maybe it’s 30 people, 40 people, your family, your friends, your neighbors, your classmates, your classroom, your co-workers. Wherever you are, that is your platform, your stage, your circle of influence. That is your talk show and that is where your power lies. In every way, in every day, you are showing people exactly who you are. You’re letting your life speak for you. And when you do that, you will receive in direct proportion to how you give in whatever platform you have”.
For a brief (weak) moment I got caught up in the “more” instead of the what is. The what is being my platform – my stage (not in a Beyonce kind of stage), and this amazing community of women that is growing every day. For me its not about the masses but instead inspiring and influencing whoever I can in the most positive and authentic way that I know how. I will always show up and be exactly who I am (without apology) and I encourage you do to the same.
Like Oprah said, you don’t need a real stage, a famous name and millions of followers to have influence and spread what you love (hmmm kind of easy to say when you top the Forbes list every year, but I digress). Don’t focus on the more, focus on the what is, by showing people exactly who YOU are by being exactly who YOU are. When you do, you will influence and encourage others to do the same.
What of the more can you give up, and instead focus on the what is?