What Am I Afraid Of?
“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, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. 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.”
This quote, by Marianne Williamson, is one of my favorites. It really inspires me to live without inhibition. I recently had to remind myself of this quote because lately I’ve felt so unproductive. And the sad part is I really have no excuse as to why I have been lazy. So I asked myself “what’s holding me back? What am I so afraid of that I haven’t gone after my dreams?” I could give you several reasons, but they would all be BS excuses. I’ve accomplished so much, but I am not where I want to be in life.
I want to be the next Shonda Rhimes, Steven Spielberg, Tyler Perry. I want to be your modern day Claire Huxtable: business woman that still makes time for her husband and kids. I want multiple streams of income; I want to make money while I sleep. But what’s holding me back? Am I Afraid I’ll be too good at it? Will I be so great that I lose myself in awesomeness? But then is that so bad?
Today I challenge you and me to not only be, but be greater than you can even imagine. Be great in your career and business endeavors. Be great in your familial relationships; be that sister, aunt, daughter, cousin they don’t expect you to be. Be great in your love life; be your man’s fantasy woman, that freak he didn’t know he would love; be your own fantasy woman! Let’s stop over thinking it, second guessing, and doubting our own abilities. Let’s stop caring about reactions and rejections. Let’s liberate ourselves and each other.