Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
People won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
Whether religious, spiritual, or none of the above this quote is powerful. I think it reflects a choice between small ideas and large ideas, fear and possibilities, weakness and strength, confidence and doubt, and success and failure.
The quote asks us to recognize two things:
- Our greatness and our fears
We must be willing to not only leverage strengths, but work through our fears and our inadequacies. We must individually and collectively be willing to work hard, pull ourselves up by our boot straps, get up after failures and try again, take a beating sometimes by life and still be willing to fight for what we know is right. And sometimes, many times, that fight is with ourselves. It is internal rather than external.
You are powerful beyond measure. Will you show it? Live up to it? Fight for it?
I found this video that is inspirational and makes the point in a compelling manner. Watch it and inspire yourself to take on 2011!