I used to hide. And I would not speak up very well. But I have been able to speak, make my voice heard and be powerful with my words even when it means no one else agrees or when people are actively against me. I’ll work on being able to do that in the moment and a little quicker, but the differences already are pretty amazing.
I have mostly done well in one on one or with friends in my life, but my work and acquaintances and some unwanted publicity have made it necessary to ‘think on my feet’ and speak up. The changes have been a blessing to my projects and my ability to have less anxiety has given me more options to be engaged.