Avoid one cardinal mistake in life – Do not abdicate your voice and power to others
There appear to be an ever-growing number of people who think that their opinions and actions do not count. They leave it to others to vote, challenging leaders, managers, politicians, friends, co-workers etc. to do the right thing. “Who am I to say or do something? Nobody ever listens anyway” is something that I hear frequently. This is just plain wrong. Who are you not to live to your full potential? Who are you to willingly admit to yourself and announce it to others that your are almost giving up being a fully empowered human being. This sets you up for living a life set adrift – stuff just happens to you instead of you determining your future.
This topic is not foreign to me. I once thought that way as well. It took me a while to believe in myself enough to feel comfortable challenging others and myself making better choices. Especially during the last year I have faced many a challenges that I thought I could not overcome. I did it anyway and it is this experience that finally allowed me to experience what it means to let my inner light shine and not to be scared of it.
So, here is to you! Believe in yourself and push your boundaries to new limits.
Here is my favorite writing by Marianne Williamson:
Our Greatest Fear
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us
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’s 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’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