“What is your truth?”
This is a question that comes up frequently during coaching sessions with my clients. As we navigate through a situation or sticking point, the bottom-line question is often “what’s true?” We get so caught up in stories about how things “should” be or are “supposed” to work, that we lose touch with our core truth. We spend lots of time listening to others and looking outside ourselves for the answer to our challenges.
A certain amount of that is normal and even necessary (I call it research!). Ultimately, however, once the information is gathered, it’s combined with what you already know without asking anyone else, and the choice – the truth – is yours alone.
No one else can find our truth for us. It’s ours to discover and claim. One of the most profound things we can do for ourselves is to acknowledge and stand in our truth. I imagine the truth as our lighthouse, calling us into shore when it’s foggy, the seas are rough or we’re ready to go home.
And yet, there’s something even more basic than knowing your truth about your values and choices. Your truth grows out of what you believe about yourself and your inherent worth, and what you know is true about your Purpose with a capital “P.”
I recently met Tshombe Brown, who calls himself a “magnetic entrepreneur.” He said something simple and amazing that will stay with me forever: “The truth will set you free. And the truth that sets me free is that I’m Tshombe and you’re not!”
Ha! Love it! He is always secure in his truth because he is secure in himself. He knows that he has gifts that only he can give – it doesn’t matter if what he’s sharing has been shared a million times before – no one else can say, write or think it like he can. Secure in that knowledge, he is FREE to express and live his truth. He is free to be the best Tshombe he possibly can be!
What’s my truth? In addition to “I’m Beth and you’re not!”? It’s a question that I ask everyday. Words of truth that bubble up are love, intention, grace… grounded in those values, I can make choices based on what’s right for me, instead of what someone else tells me I “should” be doing.
What is the truth you want to claim for yourself?
What will standing in that truth free up for you?
The truth isn’t “out there.” It’s in you! Are you ready for it?