I Let Myself Be Seen
Yesterday was the first time I think I’ve ever posted a picture on any social media platform with no makeup or no filter or no fancy phone. Talk about, “be seen.” (If you want to check it out, head to my profile on Instagram.)
And it wasn’t easy. Before posting this, I showed it to my husband and said, “do you think I should at least blur the blemishes?” (…Something makeup would normally handle.)
He laughed, and said, “That defeats the purpose. You can talk about wanting to blur the blemishes.” Of course, he was absolutely correct.
But I wanted to blur them… Just like I’ve wanted to blur a lot of little things about myself that aren’t perfect. Just like I’ve wanted to filter and edit and retouch my looks, my voice, my message – for my entire life.
Perfect is an Illusion
Isn’t it interesting how we allow our imperfections to get the best of us? Is anything about ourselves actually ever perfect? Perfect is an illusion. It’s not real. It’s an ideal that doesn’t exist in reality, unless we embrace that we can be perfectly imperfect. Now, that’s something I can get behind.
Here’s the bottom line: being seen – as who we really are – is really flipping hard. We want to be the authority. We want to be seen as credible and as an expert in our fields. We want to be leaders and teachers, and we want others to learn from us. We might think: How can I teach others if I can’t be perfect myself?
Truthfully, what I’ve learned is that when we embrace our imperfections and relate to others through them, that’s when we teach and learn and grow. People buy from people. It’s your humanness that will sell. It’s not your case studies. It’s not your skillset. It’s you. Who you are and what you stand for are part of your business too. Your uniqueness is just as important as your social proof.
When I posted that raw and unfiltered picture of me, it was my way of simply being more vulnerable – not only to build more strength and courage within myself, but to fully own and accept myself, raw and unfiltered.
How can you let yourself be seen today, this week, this month?
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