There is a lie that many of us unwittingly believe.
I tell it to myself every day. You probably do the same.
It’s a subtle, seemingly innocuous phrase that rings through my head. It attacks me when I’m doubting myself. It’s my excuse for not starting sooner. It may tease and taunt you, causing you to think less of yourself.
It sounds like this:
“If only I had a platform…”
Then, I’d be able to broadcast my message.
Then, I’d say what I really need to say.
Then, I’d finally be able to make a real difference.
I’m calling “B.S.” on that. That voice is a liar. It’s your Enemy speaking.
Here’s a counter-truth:
Nobody who changed the world did it by waiting for an audience
And yet many of us are doing just that.
We’re holding back.
We’re putting our best art on pause.
We’re biding our time with mediocre work, waiting until someone invites us to take the stage.
What a cowardly, painful way to live.
If this is you, if you’ve chosen to believe this lie, then let me tell you the harsh truth: That day will never come.
The day in which you will be discovered.
The day when you will finally be rewarded for your art.
It won’t happen. Not if you’re simply waiting around.
You will never have the influence you so desperately crave if you do not start living into your future now.
Do you want to know how real difference-makers live?
They don’t ask permission. They don’t wait to be picked.
Were you ever the last one picked for dodge ball? I was. It’s a terribly dis-empowering feeling. It’s lonely.
You’ve heard this before in various forms. But I’ll say it again for emphasis: Those who change the world aren’t concerned about permission; in fact, they’d rather apologize for too much tenacity than regret having too much timidity.
You should do this with your writing or speaking or music… or whatever it is you do.
You are an artist
Art is anything you do that requires care and craft. Whatever you do — whether it be painting or plumbing — you’re an artist. Or at least, you can be. And I hope you treat it as art, as a true vocation — a calling.
I hope you take time to make something beautiful that impacts this world. And I hope you don’t ask permission to share it.
Start living into your dreams today.
Are you doing that? Or are you believing the lie, waiting for permission? Share your story in the comments.