I have found myself sending this poem to quite a few people I am coaching and to coaches I know as it just seems to hit the spot and is a starting point for a great conversation so I thought I’d share it and see whether it does the same for you.
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 and 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 were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Personally, the bit that really resonates for me is that if you are the not striving to be the best version of yourself and showing that with pride and joy, you encourage other people to also hide their light under a bushel. People do as you do and not what you say. So how could you own your own unique, wonderful talents in a more natural way and be proud to show them to the world?