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When It’s Scary to Speak Our Truth!

On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant I explore the struggle that often arises when we find ourselves torn between something we want to do or we feel is good for us and what others want or feel is good for us.  In our exploration of SATYA or Truthfulness, we recognize that acknowledging our truth can be difficult especially when it feels like following our path distances us from others we care about. We want to belong and we want to grow, but sometimes these goals come into conflict. What do we do? How do we figure it out? Join me on today’s episode for a powerful exploration of the tension between growth and belonging.

Adina-Laver.-200x250jpgAdina Laver, MBA, M.Ed, CPC is the CEO and Chief Curiosity officer of Courage to be Curious, a distinctive personal development company dedicated to enhancing the quality and potential of the human experience by inspiring and empowering those on the path to brilliance to act courageously and live authentically. Having thought for most of her life that she was hopelessly erratic and chronically fickle, hopping from interest to interest, academic pursuit to academic pursuit, job to job, and even country to country for a while, Adina finally realized that she was not indecisive but rather insatiably curious. She is an explorer and grower and is passionate about sharing the power of these traits with others in ways that empower them to achieve the quality of life they are seeking. www.CouragetobeCurious.com


  1. Last May, I was asked to speak to my fellow classmates at our graduation from the New Choices program at Delaware County Community College. The small class of thirteen was predominantly comprised of women who were in a similar spot as I was…married, raised their children, divorced, and now having to return to the workforce. I think I can safely say that we all were in an uncomfortable place on our life’s journey…facing the unknown.

    Pondering what I wanted to say to my classmates, I knew I wanted to say something REAL …something that we all could relate to. I didn’t want to overwhelm them with a “go out and conquer the world” speech. I Googled and read through a multitude of motivational sayings, such as, “If you can’t find a door to where you want to go, build the door.” Yes, we may have completed the class, but I don’t think any of us were ready to conquer the world or build a door!

    I finally came to one that suited my purpose, and that I found to be both real and encouraging:

    “The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply
    uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our
    discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or
    truer answers.”

    Adina, your episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant!, “When It’s Scary to Speak Our Truth!”
    brought this truth back to light for me. It has been almost a year since I started the New Choices program. Louann Campbell, our class leader, must have seen something in me to have asked me to be the one to address our class on graduation day, yet I find myself nearly paralyzed by the words that ring in my head, “I don’t know what to do.”

    I have listened to your episode twice today. It is very inspiring! I wrote down the words you said…changing the words playing in my head… and will allow them to penetrate the barrier that has held me captive, my own thoughts. As a friend of mine would say, “Get rid of the stinkin’ thinkin’!”

    Thank you,
    Laura Dollinger

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