Risk & Business Magazine Waypoint Winter 2021 - Page 6

SPEAK YOUR TRUTH

Because People Still Hear What You ’ re NOT Saying :

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Steps to Stop Sugarcoating & Speak Your Truth

BY : ASHLEY TURNER , M . A ., MFTI YOGA / MEDITATION TEACHER , REGISTERED MARRIAGE + FAMILY THERAPIST INTERN , WRITER , SPEAKER AND INITIATED PRIESTESS .

The truth shall set you free !

Clean + simple . Nothing else liberates us , frees up stuck energy , lightens our load as much as taking an honest look at what ’ s happening , seeing things clearly and speaking the truth with ease and grace .
Here are five simple steps to help you start living and telling the truth .
1 . NOTICE IN WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES OR AROUND WHOM YOU TEND TO WITHHOLD YOUR TRUTH OR SUGARCOAT .
Where do you find yourself " talking in circles " or never getting to the " heart of the matter "?
Often this happens with colleagues , or other people in our career that we may feel intimidated by or we feel that they have " power over us ".
Begin to notice who triggers you to keep quiet or hesitate . Do they remind you of a critical teacher or parent ? A dominating sibling ? The girl in your grade school who always knew the right answer before you ? Or are you trying to protect a lover , co-worker or spouse by not clearly stating your needs , concerns or offering relevant constructive criticism ?
Awareness is everything . Just noticing where we shut ourselves down ( or up ) is the start of changing the pattern .
2 . GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO TAKE YOUR TIME TO BUILD UP YOUR COURAGE + GET CLEAR .
Speaking truth is a muscle we build . Sometimes , we need a little extra nudge or the ‘ inner cheerleader ’ to encourage us to fully express ourselves . Instead of beating
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