At one point this week, the popular NBC show The Voice ranked as the one of the four most searched phrases on Google. There’s something to this. American’s can consume music many different ways: iPods, satellite radio, Apple TV, laptops, etc. But they tune into this show in big numbers to watch other people try to find their voice.
I think it speaks to our natural sense of wonder at people who volunteer to stand before crowds of any size—even the size of a national TV audience and dare to find their voice, dare to be authentic, dare to deliver a message, to deliver a piece of themselves. That takes tremendous courage.
But why stop with watching others find their voice? Why not find your own? You don’t have to step on stage on a national TV program to do it. Step to the front of the room in the next meeting at your office. Step to the front of the room at the next homeowner’s association meeting. Step the front of the room, any room so you can take inventory of how you feel. Do you get cotton mouth? Do your palms sweat? Does your heart beat a little faster? Probably. Everyone else’s does.
Your voice doesn’t have to deliver a song. It just has to deliver a message, something that speaks of your passion, your beliefs, your vision. Your voice will leave a trail of the journey you have taken in this life, in your career, in your avocation. But only if you share it.
You can’t find your voice just sitting on the sofa watching other people find their voice. You have a voice, a perspective, a message, something to share. If you clothe that in a little courage and stand in the front of a room, any room, and start to share it, you will find your voice. That’s why they call it “finding your voice.” You have to go to the front of the room first before your find it, before you start to figure it out. And not just the sound of your voice, but the content of your message. You have to get up before it all starts to come together. You have to open your mouth before you find it. And you have to lay down and forget the notion that you must have a perfect voice, a pretty voice, a polished voice before you earn the right to say something.
So muster the courage. Find the front of the room. Start finding Your Voice. It will give you even more respect the next time you see someone on The Voice.