Dismantling Self-Sabotage & Unleashing Your Censor-Free Voice with Africa Brooke
Welcome to Episode 100 of The Embodied Leadership Podcast! Today, I am thrilled to sit down with the incredible Africa Brooke (@africabrooke), a globally recognized consultant, coach, speaker, and writer who has dedicated her work to helping individuals navigate self-censorship and other forms of self-sabotage. Her work takes a close look at the complexity, mess, and glory that is the human experience.
In this episode:
- Africa gets into what it actually means to find your censor-free voice and what that process looks like.
- What is self-censorship? And why do people do it?
- How Africa first found her censor-free voice through sobriety and sharing her experience, and the transition into what that looks like today
- What it’s like to be so visible and feel those visibility edges, with Africa’s “An open letter: Why I’m leaving the cult of wokeness” being read by over 12 million people
- Choosing integrity over popularity, in order to choose yourself
- How I let my censor-free voice be seen visibly, through the shaming and identity politics of 2020, and the ostracization during the pandemic in 2021.
- The feeling of wanting to share something, but withholding out of fear of the consequences.
- The difference between self-censorship out of fear and using a social filter to manage your energy
- Navigating challenging ideas offline versus online, decerning the environment you want to express yourself in a certain way, and recognizing not everything is self-censorship
- Being in right relationship with your capacity to hold the energy of the topic you’re bringing forward for a conversation
- Recognizing that not every platform is able to hold the nuance & valuing long-form podcasts as a platform to express nuance.
- Taking full responsibility for the things that you say and trusting yourself that it needs to be said, as well as trusting the listener to be responsible for how they receive information.
- The power of holding discomfort, and what you miss out on by not being able to hold discomfort while disagreeing
- Why Africa uses the term Collective Sabbotage versus Cancel Culture
- How Healing is remembering your wholeness
- Being mindful of the language that you’re using and honouring that other perspectives exist.
- Testing your values and what you stand for when you’re put into a situation where someone doesn’t respect you
- Choosing courage over conformity, moving forward embodied in courage, and meeting yourself where you are right now
- Using the micro-moments of interaction to practice stating your needs & being courageous
- Sharing your vulnerability when it comes up as a way of being courageous
Thank you so much for being here!
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