Let your light shine

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Let your light shine
The fear of not being good enough. Many people suffer from it. But as much as we fear our weakness, we are even more afraid of our strength, our possibilities, our potential. Showing who you really are, what you stand for, and what your dreams are making you vulnerable. And yet that is what we do the greatest service to ourselves and the world.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are not good enough. Our deepest fear is that we are incredibly powerful. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us most…”

These words of Marianne Williamson, which Nelson Mandela used at his inauguration, contain a strange truth: we are afraid of our own strength. Because the moment you give your best, and it’s not good enough, what’s left of you?

The result is that we opt for the mediocre. The proverb says: just act normal, then you are already crazy enough. But what we really mean is: just act small, then you’ll just do enough. Because ‘normal’ is synonymous with ‘good’. But how good is it to deliver average performance, if you have what it takes to do something great? And who are you actually doing a favor by not addressing those qualities?

Don’t pretend to be smaller than you are

Let your light shine

“You don’t serve the world by pretending to be smaller than you are,” says Marianne Williamson. The fear of being judged on who we really are is a universal fear, and the best approach to tackling it is to clarify to yourself what your mission is. If you really have faith in your drive, then you dare to stand for it. Then you subordinate what someone else thinks of you to what you want to give that other person. Because you give the world the best of yourself.

When you’re really committed to something, you never have to fear disapproval. All that matters is the quality of your effort – and it always has an effect.

 

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