Just Like Fire

I went to see P!nk last week in San Jose. She killed it. She played all of her great songs, including my all time favorite, “Just Like Fire.” The chorus sings:

Just like fire, burning out the way
If I can light the world up for just one day
Watch this madness, colorful charade
No one can be just like me any way

Two and half years ago, I knew I wanted to start my own business facilitating leadership retreats for mission minded companies. It took a lot of hard work to believe in myself enough to quit my job and take the big leap. As I worked through that, exploring different business models, trying out marketing and sales, developing my pitch, my why, my unique value proposition, my website, my ideas, my concepts, my training topics, my … what the hell am I doing!?!? I took courses, read books, watched videos. you might be doing the same thing. Or maybe you wish you could take a big leap.

Brene Brown had a significant influence on me during that time and still does. Last night I watched her Netflix special. She killed it too. She is such an entertaining and real speaker, engaging the audience and speaking right to our soul. Brene researched, wrote and speaks about what I knew to be true from my experience as a leader in the workplace. Great leadership is nothing without courage. In her course Daring Greatly she has an activity where you find your anthem. This is a great activity for choosing a song to get you motivated, remind you of your why and get you to act from a place of bravery. I chose “Just Like Fire.” The idea that no one can be like me really resonates. Do you ever hear the self-defeating voice that says, everyone has already done this? Everyone has already said this. Everyone does it better. I hear it too. But we are all unique. Unique in our strengths, our gifts, our values, our experiences and our connection with others. Tell your story, sing your song. You never know who needs it right at that very moment.

My song is a great reminder to that even if Brene Brown is preaching my sermon, I still have a song to sing. I still have something to say. No one can be just like me any way!

What will your anthem say?