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Unearth Your Voice: The Key to Purposeful Innovation

The 7B's that Will Change

By Matt Mueller

In the grand tapestry of innovation, the unspoken truth is that the most profound breakthroughs often come from within. Your voice is the catalyst for change, and the key to purposeful innovation.”

In an increasingly interconnected world where innovations shape the way we live, work, and interact, it’s easy to forget that some of the most powerful forces for change are the ones that lie deep within ourselves. We are all capable of innovation, but sometimes we need to find our voice to harness our inner potential and drive purposeful change.

The Silent Blocks of Innovation

Like an iceberg with only a fraction of its mass visible above water, the innovation we see is often just a glimpse of what’s happening beneath the surface. What holds us back is a complex interplay of fears, self-doubt, and the silent blocks that can be traced back to our past. To truly innovate with purpose, we must begin by unearthing our voices.

Dr. Doreen Downing, a psychologist and author of “Essential Speaking: Find Your Voice, Change Your Life,” emphasizes that the quest for innovation starts from within. Her work reveals that it’s not just about finding the right words; it’s about discovering the essence of who we are and unleashing the power of our authenticity.

The Seven 'B's of Self-Discovery

The journey to purposeful innovation is marked by seven critical ‘B’s:

Be Still: Take a moment to quiet the chaos around you and listen to your inner voice.

Be Present: Live in the here and now, so you can recognize the opportunities for innovation that surround you.

Be Attuned: Tune into your instincts, so you can recognize what truly resonates with your authentic self.

Be Aware: Self-awareness is the gateway to purposeful innovation. Understanding your strengths, weaknesses, and passions is key to finding your voice.

Be Positive: Cultivate a mindset of positivity and possibility. When you believe in yourself, others will, too.

Be Connected: Building alliances with like-minded individuals can magnify your innovative power.

Be Yourself: Ultimately, the core of purposeful innovation is being unapologetically yourself.

Finding your voice isn’t just about public speaking; it’s about embracing your authentic self, which becomes the wellspring of innovation. If you find yourself hindered by the past, where the weight of early experiences or trauma has left you feeling voiceless, it’s essential to revisit those moments with newfound courage.

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Finding your voice isn’t just about public speaking; it’s about embracing your authentic self, which becomes the wellspring of innovation.

Unlocking the Past for a Purposeful Future

Much like psychologist Dr. Doreen Downing’s experience, where her own childhood trauma left her feeling silenced, your past may be holding you back. But, with self-compassion, you can revisit those defining moments and reframe them. Transform your perceived weaknesses into strengths.

For example, that memory of not being picked for a kickball game or being laughed at for asking a question that no one else dared to voice can be reimagined. Rather than viewing it as a moment of rejection, see it as a testament to your unique courage and insight. Let your past empower your present and future.

The Intersection of Self-Discovery and Innovation

The journey towards purposeful innovation is not just an individual endeavor; it’s a collective one. It involves breaking through the blocks that keep us silent and acknowledging the immense value we bring to the world.

Every innovative step forward is an expression of your unique voice. And when you find your voice, you become a beacon, inspiring others to do the same. In the world of innovation, voice isn’t just an audible sound; it’s the expression of your truth, your authenticity, and your purpose.

In a world that often rewards conformity and comfort, it takes courage to find your voice. But, remember that innovation, true innovation, is not born from the familiar, but from the unique. It emerges when you embrace your fears, listen to your inner self, and speak your truth.

The Path to Purposeful Innovation

In the grand tapestry of innovation, there is a place for everyone, and that place starts within yourself. Discover your voice, unlock your past, and embrace your uniqueness. As you embark on this journey of self-discovery and innovation, remember that innovation is not just about improving what already exists; it’s about creating what has never been seen before.

So, find your voice, and you will find your purpose. In doing so, you’ll unlock the gateway to purposeful innovation, lighting the way for yourself and inspiring others to do the same.

Dr. Doreen Downing Resources

Check out some amazing resources provided by Dr. Doreen Downing:

  1. Fearless Speaking Guide: 
  2. Book: The 7 Secrets to Essential Speaking: Find Your Voice, Change Your Life,
  3. The Find Your Voice Quiz:
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