Are we secretly afraid to succeed? To be the best we can be? There are some who believe that nothing holds us back except our own fears and procrastination. I happen to be someone who agrees with them — because in truth, we are all meant to shine.
Throughout the years, I’ve had great dreams and aspirations — I still do, but too often, I let my own doubts and fears stop me from realizing those dreams. I would let uncertainty creep in and I’ve come to realize that once that happens, it’s absolutely essential to nip those negative thoughts in the bud. When we have a life dream or goal, at the first sign of doubt, we have to take control of our mind and banish it by thinking and, believing “I believe in myself! I’m strong, capable and able to do this. I can reach my goal…I will reach my goal!”
Marianne Williamson has some very wise words on this very subject — read them and let them sink in:
“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
We are all in fact, meant to shine. We are not here on this earth to simply survive, but rather, we are here to thrive. We are here to be good and do good. Our life must be much more than mediocrity. We must never let the daily grind wear us down, because life is most assuredly not about the rut of a daily grind. Each one of us must find our inner light and let that light be the beacon that unleashes the good and passion within us. We can change the world, but first, we need to change ourselves — only when we are empowered and thriving can we go out and share that light and power with everyone we meet. It is then that we will in fact, make the world a bright, safe and wonderful place to be.