Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fear is So Overrated. We Are All Meant to Shine!

A while back a friend and mentor of mine gave me a poem titled Our Deepest Fear. She reminded me that it is not the fear of failure that can slow our progress, but instead fear of success which may bring our journey to a halt.
Being powerful, being successful - 
is actually terrifying.

My friend, Carol April founded a company called ndy (R) (Not Done Yet) and I worked for a while helping her develop the brand and tried to create a media property around this fabulous group of inspired women.

This was back in the days when every television series I pitched needed to be mean spirited, disrespectful, or straight up low brow to even get a second glance. In a large part, because I did not succeed in selling Carol's show, a positive series about reinvention, new opportunities and kindness, I decided to go to business school. There simply has to be a better model. I have to be able to inspire, empower, and tell good stories AND make money doing it.

I am reminded today of Carol's poem as I find myself procrastinating much needed finance cramming. Yet with hands hovering over a keyboard poised to compose my presentation for our thesis project - I am just a wee bit blocked. 

94 days remain in business school and then I will be forced to re-emerge and to actually achieve. As terrifying as it is, I am ready to get ready to succeed. It's time.

And now I pose the question to you. What are you actually afraid of? How will you shake it?

The responsibility of success is far greater than failure,  
but I believe the satisfaction is as well.

Our Deepest Fear, 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. 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. 

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