Full disclosure: I’ve been avoiding social media for a long time.
I like Instagram pretty well, and I have a Facebook account, but I hardly looked at it for years. Now I’ve started my own business and all the conventional wisdom suggests that I ought to be connecting with others via social media.
So why have I been dragging my feet?
I can tell you that it takes up time. I can tell you that I’m not adept at using it. I can tell you that I don’t really have an audience yet, so it’s hard to know how I’m supposed to connect with one.
But those are all surface problems.
The real issue is that I’ve been feeling fearful. Fearful that what I have to offer doesn’t have real value. Fearful that I’ll just be adding to the noise, not contributing to the conversation. And even more than that, I’ve felt fearful that I’ll sing my heart out and no one will listen.
My work in this life is to help people unleash their voices. That’s what my business is all about.
So it’s time to step up to the microphone on my modest stage. It’s time to take steps to connect online, even if I stumble.
It’s time to start taking my own advice. Even if your voice sounds small in your own ears, even if all you can make is a peep, start singing.