In the words of Rick Gonzalez from the movie Coach Carter; “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 dark that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people don’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people the power to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
These words resonated within me as I came to the knowledge that its words were true. We all strive for success in our own different ways, but we sometimes use others as helpers. We ask each other for advice when deep within we know what we want to do, we seek approval for things we’ve done, even if we are immensely pleased with them to begin with. We are all afraid to shine. Each and every one of us was made in the likeness of our Father God and we are meant to shine brightly, but we hold ourselves back.
Some people rely too much on the words of others and can’t move forward until friends or family reaffirm them. Some people don’t believe enough in themselves to move forward with ideas and notions that could change the world. Great people from our past have taken on the challenge to do great things and achieve their hearts desires through sheer force of will and determination. We can do the same. Prove to those that doubt you, by being great. Show them the ideas they laughed at could bear fruit and was a good thing to begin with. If you need reassurance get it from those that are hard to please, it will be hard to earn their praises but it will be more rewarding when you do.
A friend once told me that by sharing ideas, we think we’re trying to get reassurance ,but we are actually showing others that we can be great. We share to prove we are growing by getting one better idea than the last. So we tend to use our friends as benchmarks, but the only way to make this information exchange relevant is to THINK them then DO them. If the idea that’s discussed doesn’t come to fruition, then it can be considered as time wasted just chatting (Which isn’t always a waste but you get my meaning).
As the quote above says, “As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” So go out and dream big, over come your fear by doing just what frightens you, and do it well. Your greatness will show and it should rub off on those around you. What is my greatest fear?
I fear that I won’t be the great man I’m destined to be, but with that in mind I can only strive harder to make my fears succumb to me (Yes oh, I really am being that deep. It happens sometimes and if I can inspire just one person, I’ll be a happy man). I will achieve, I will do well and I won’t have this fear any more. Because as soon as we realize what we are afraid of, we can take steps to overcome them and become better people on the other side.
Life is a series of tests and tasks and we all have different ways of coping with our situations. I know times get tough and it is always easier to remember the bad than it is to remember the good. So enjoy each day and make it yours (easier said than done but whats the harm in trying?) with that we can all be the positivity in each others worlds.
So now, take a minute and think. What is your deepest fear? And how can YOU over come it?