Let me start this off by saying that you should never, ever be afraid to speak your mind. I mean that in both your professional life and your personal life. I promise you, it’ll serve you well.
Let me preface these tips by saying that there is a big difference speaking your mind and just being mean or rude. It’s all about your decorum, honestly. Without decorum, any words that come out of your mouth, no matter what your intention is, may come off as an insult or just ignorant.
With that said, if you pick the right time and the right place to speak up, you’ll feel a whole lot better. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t hesitate to speak your mind:
Your Silence Can Be Mistaken as Approval
A lot of people refuse to speak up because they don’t want to start some sort of conflict or disruption. But NOT speaking up can have the opposite effect, unfortunately. Never forget, silence is still a way of communicating, and by not speaking your mind, your silence may be misconstrued.
You’re Thinking About the Bigger Picture
If you’re like me, you tend to give people the benefit of the doubt. I do believe that most people have a good heart, and because of that, I sometimes stay silent because I don’t want to hurt their feelings. But you gotta take a look at the bigger picture here.
If you notice something is wrong, not speaking up may drive that good person down a bad path, which may hurt them even more than it would if you didn’t speak up at all.
You’re Showing That You Are Truly Invested into The Situation
Think about why you’re in the situation in the first place. If you truly have an interest in the people around you, you will want to show them that you’re truly invested in the outcome of the situation.
Be truthful with them, be invested, and you’ll build up a trust that will come in handy when similar situations may arrive.
Perhaps They Simply Don’t Know
You can’t assume that people know things. Sometimes the obvious thing to you may not be so obvious to them. Everybody, including yourself, has a unique perspective on the situation, so why not bring it into the picture?
If you want to wait around for people to read your mind, you’re likely to end up going down a road you may not want to go down, or working on projects you don’t want to work on, or with PEOPLE you don’t want to work with. Work up the courage to speak out and don’t assume people know how you feel.
You May Not Be The Only Person Feeling This Way
This is my main and favorite reason: More often than not… you’re NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT FEELS THE WAY YOU FEEL!
It is not out of the realm of possibility that there are other people within your group who share your insight and observation. Speak up because they may be hesitant to… and then we’re in bigger trouble than we realize.
The time is now for you to be okay with speaking your mind. I promise you, you will be a much happier person and you’ll feel less surrendering to other people’s wishes throughout your life. It’s time to forge your own path. Speak up.
About The Author: Kyrus Keenan Westcott is a Professional Optimist and Motivational Influencer based in Philadelphia and New Jersey. Since 2018, Kyrus has dedicated his life to spreading good vibes and positive energy, hoping that he could make as many people smile as possible. Kyrus currently shares his marketing insight, positive energy, and amusement park knowledge on his official blog: The Vibe With Ky.