Our Deepest Fear

deepest fear“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.”

- Marianne Williamson

When I first read this quote I thought I was going to come unglued. This speaks to so much of what is crying out inside of us. Most of us are hiding behind mediocrity and a lack of self-expectation, when there is something great in each us. No one may see the greatness inside of us, but we know that it is there. I like how Seth Godin says “pick yourself.” When no one else can see your potential, go ahead pick yourself and be great anyway.

You don’t need anyone to approve you. We are held back because we are waiting for someone to give us the permission to succeed. You have permission to be great.

You have permission to be great. Why? You were born, thats why! You were born to do something of significance. [tweet this].

Don’t be ashamed of what you have or what you are. Your uniqueness is what the world needs. We need what you have to offer. Your insecurity hinders not only yourself but those around you. Your insecurity leaves a void in the world.

Each one of us was designed with purpose. We all have something inside of us that no one else has. Our uniqueness is a power in itself. Our uniqueness actually gives us permission not to compare ourselves with others because other people are not the standard. How can you compare yourself to someone that is not you? Your judgement should be based on whether or not you are fulfilling your uniqueness.

My concern is we have too many parrots in the world. We are all repeating each other and saying the same thing! Find your unique voice, find what only you have, find what makes you different and let it shine.

“I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a ‘transformer’ in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.” – Stephen Covey

You have inside of you what it takes to be a transformer. The world does not need people that will play it safe. Think Big. You are extraordinary. Dream big. Shine. Live the dream. Do something great!

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  • http://christiannick.com/ Nick Christian

    Great post, Luke. Love the quote! The idea that we are waiting for someone else to give us permission to succeed is also great. Even though we don’t need someone else’s permission, we often crave it. So with that in mind, who can you give permission to today?

  • http://lukeroland.com/ Luke Roland

    Nick great question! Honestly, I have to give myself permission every day.

  • http://www.chashutch.com/ Charles Hutchinson

    Hi Luke. Thanks for posting this. My wife is the type of person that this world needs more of. She is always encouraging me and telling me that God made me to do something great. “I see greatness in you just busting to get out.” she says. She does this so much that it’s sometimes embarrassing. She won’t quit though. She believes in me. She’s a great lady!

    • http://lukeroland.com/ Luke Roland

      You have an awesome wife! And she is probably right about you. My wife is the same way. It’s great to have your spouse in your corner.