Let me start by sharing a poem by Marianne Williamson:
“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.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
I absolutely love what this poem describes: absolute and unabashed freedom to be our best selves. This poem holds some important takeaways for me.
We are powerful beyond measure.
It may sound like a cliche, but I don’t believe it is. Each and every one of us is capable of doing extraordinary things. And those extraordinary things start with a single step. Don’t despise small beginnings. Acorns turn into trees.A single step gives way to another. And another. And then another. All taken deliberately with a goal in mind.
When we surround ourselves with successful people, we feel more empowered, don’t we? I know I do. It’s like there is an energy field pumping good juju into the room. Everyone steps up their game a little bit. Our ideas are a little better, our execution is a little more on-point, we start to think things possible that we wouldn’t have thought possible before. Well, guess what, you can be one of those people who brings the good juju when you walk in the room. Your light will liberate others to shine, too.
Own your power. Embrace it. Make it work for you. Challenge yourself everyday to take full advantage of your potential. And bring other good people along with you on your journey.