My favorite quote and one I try to live by daily is Marianne Williamson’s “Our deepest fear…” and the part that is relevant today is: “There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you.” As a child, I was told constantly to play down my skills, not to be proud of any of my accomplishments because people don’t like show-offs. I took this lesson to heart and have always struggled to own my “brilliant, gorgeous, talented” self.
I have long described myself as a person who does not like to take risks. It seems to me that going down a black diamond ski slope or bungee cord jumping is what taking risks is all about.
Luckily for me, I have several wonderful supporters in my life who have helped me clean my glasses and see things from a different paradigm. Now, I am happy to own up to the fact that I am a pretty huge risk-taker. Here are three I (now) love to share:
- I agreed to marry a man I had not seen in 2 years, on the phone!! (we’re still married almost 25 years later)
- I moved by myself to several countries, just for the fun of it. (France, Spain, England and America)
- I became a yoga teacher and shared my passion with many students
What are some risks you have taken? Is it challenging for you to own all your “brilliant, gorgeous, talented” attributes? What are some actions you long to take but fear holds you back?