Summer break gives us time to pause and embrace the promise of renewal, transformation, and growth. This season, let's shift our focus towards unearthing our potential, specifically in the context of finding and expressing our authentic voice. This voice is not merely a metaphor for speaking up, but rather an embodiment of who we are – our values, beliefs, and unique traits that carve our identity in the personal and professional spheres.
“People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.” Simon Sinek in "Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action"
As Simon Sinek emphasises on “Finding Your Why” discovering your voice underpins the narrative of your personal brand. It is the foundation of your personal brand – a reflection of your truth, expressed in the way you communicate, interact, and influence the world around you.
But how does one find their voice? This summer, we’re guided by the simple yet powerful acronym, V.O.I.C.E – Validate your thoughts, Open your mind, Invest in genuine Interest, Communicate effectively, and Empower others.
Each element of your V.O.I.C.E shapes your brand and influences how you are perceived by others. When you Validate your thoughts, you build self-confidence. As you Open your mind, you cultivate a perspective that is inclusive and rich in empathy. By showing genuine Interest in others, you foster stronger relationships. Effective Communication makes you a reliable and persuasive individual, and as you Empower others, you become a source of inspiration.
"The best way to change the world is in concentric circles: start with yourself and work your way out from there." James Clear in his Weekly 3-2-1 Newsletter
James Clear, in his transformative book, Atomic Habits, highlights the compounding effect of daily habits on personal growth. Similarly, consistently expressing your V.O.I.C.E. has a compounding effect on the strength and impact of your personal brand. It's a continuous, self-reinforcing cycle where finding your voice shapes your brand, and this brand, in turn, gives your voice more depth and resonance.
So, as you embark on this summer journey of self-exploration, remember – your voice and your personal brand are intertwined, each giving shape and substance to the other. Embrace this process with an open mind, patience, and consistency.
In the coming weeks, we will explore each aspect of V.O.I.C.E. in more detail. Join us on this journey, follow our social media platforms for ongoing updates, and let's make this a summer of significant personal growth and transformation. Remember, your voice is unique, and it truly matters. Let’s uncover it, let’s amplify it, and let’s shape a unique brand that is authentically yours.
I am Commodore (Dr) Johnson Odakkal, an Indian Navy Veteran, dedicated Educator, and Transformation Coach, proudly representing JOI as the Founder and CEO. I invite parents, educators, and those seeking career guidance to join me in this journey to maximise your message, to discover your unique voice, and to use it as a tool for positive change.
Are you ready to embark on this transformative journey? If yes, let's connect over a DISCovery Session. Because your voice matters. Every voice matters. Let's amplify it. Let's make it resonate. Stay connected at www.johnsonodakkal.com and email to firstname.lastname@example.org