Our Greatest Fear

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.

I recently completed a Reflected Best Self Exercise with one of the people I coach.  The Exercise was created by the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship University of Michigan.   We modified it a bit of course!!

Basically you invite people you’ve worked with closely AND significant people in your life to offer insight into “You at Your Best”.  They are invited to write descriptive words, phrases and give examples.   You gather feedback from at least 7 people.  Then absorb the feedback and look for patterns, insights, gifts, and the path forward it illuminates.

It is quite a brilliant mirror to look in – seeing the best of who we are.   It invites forward our brilliance, courage, and wisdom.   We need ourselves, and each other, to stand in our strength and wisdom these days – all of us.

Here’s some of the adjectives coming forward to cheer on my friend and colleague:

Resilient, open, knowledgeable, skilled and creative, creative artist, respectful problem solver, resource and support coach, determined, socially conscious, supportive, fun, entertaining, creative, brave, intelligent, fair, aware, well-informed, knowledgeable, adaptable, silly, imaginative, generous.

I wonder what words others would write about YOU?

Nelson Mendela offered these words in his 1994 speech – written by Marianne Williamson

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,  that frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, 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 is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine,
we consciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

Let’s go for it and welcome each other’s brilliance.

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