Words By: Laticia Gibson, MBB Founder
For those of you who’ve met me, you probably wouldn’t describe me as a shy person… tenacious yes. Shy? Not so much. One friend, many years ago, nicknamed me ‘Bulldog’ because once I get my teeth into something, I don’t let go.
What most people don’t know, even some of my friends, is that I’m actually an introvert and I can get very shy. I need a lot of time by myself, especially after speaking events when I need to decompress. I retreat into my bubble and very few people can get me out until I’m ready.
I’ve lived by my personal mantra. “Run towards the things that scare you most”. I’ve moved cities and countries without knowing a soul at my destination. I’ve chased my dreams and I’ve never had a problem pushing people’s negative talk away to go after what I wanted. I’ve achieved and done some crazy-arse stuff, that’s for sure…
But a couple of years ago, something changed. I started doubting myself more often. I started letting people’s words confuse me. I started going in circles. I didn’t recognise this person. I thought I was losing it. What I didn’t realise was that I was in the process of uncovering and getting to know a different ‘me’… one I haven’t spent a lot of time with.
Many of us wear different masks for different reasons. It may be out of fear of rejection, self-protection or simply because we don’t know who we really are yet and we are trying on different ones.
For me, it was out of self-protection and when I started exploring and approaching life from a different angle – I started feeling safer. That’s when this other side of me started to blossom and show up and it was a game changer for all aspects of my life, including my business and health.
The reason I’m sharing this? We all have insecurities. We all have baggage. We all just want to be happy – and despite what many say, people do change…
So don’t be afraid to shed things and/or people from your life that just don’t serve you anymore. Don’t be afraid of discovering the person under the mask… you might be surprised who’s under there.
“When you start doubting yourself, remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced… all the battles you have won and all the fears you have overcome. Your greatest strength comes at your weakest days”.
Go towards the things that scare you most,