“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?" – Mary Ann Williamson
I've been thinking about all of the people I know who are brave. People who decide to create a new life after a terrible injury, commit to a relationship when none have worked out previously, or keep going after a profound loss. And it doesn't have to be something devastating that requires courage and tenacity. Going back to school, giving up that cigarette, wine, or chocolate cake takes effort and determination. Sometimes we can't tell from the outside how hard it is for someone close to us to take a step towards change. Nor do we give credit for small changes that might be easy for us but a slog for others. The point is, there are men, women, and children who decide and then do it.
Over the years friends and colleagues who have thought about starting a business have come to me and asked my opinion about whether they can do it. I always respond with certainty, "Yes, absolutely, you have got what it takes." So far, every single one of those people who has taken the leap has returned and thanked me. They report that they are making more money or are finding a better work–life balance and, always, are happier. I tell them I didn't do anything . . . they deserve the credit because THEY DID IT.
You can too. Do you want to be a singer? Lose 30 pounds and run a 5K? Find a partner? Tell someone the truth? Get over a setback? Move on? Create your heart's desire?
I'm not saying you can be Miss America or an Olympic basketball player — that ship may have sailed. But there are plenty of other boats in the water and lots of streams, ponds, rivers, and oceans to cross. None of us know how much time we have left on the planet, but couldn't we all choose to live BIG while we are here?
Why NOT you?
What have you been putting off that you can start doing tomorrow morning — or how about now? Wouldn't it be wonderful to live your light, your talent, your brilliance?