One of my favorite quotes is from Marianne Williamson’s book, A Return to Love:
“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 doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are meant to shine, as children do. We are born to 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.”
As leaders how often do we hold ourselves back? I know I find myself doing the same. Instead of seeing the sky as the limit, we often view the self-imposed ceiling as a limit. We even think the opinions of others define us. You don’t have to be the person you were yesterday; nor do the opinions of someone else have to become a reality. If you let loose and opened up, what could you really do? Imagine what you could do if you weren’t afraid. Remember, fortune always favors the bold.
The people you worry about judging you, always fade to the background when you take the leap and step into the unknown world of becoming great. When you step to the edge of darkness, you must have a little thing called FAITH. Faith, that as you make you first step into that unfamiliar darkness, your foot will either step on solid ground or you will have the ability to FLY.
We’ve all heard the stories of people like Abe Lincoln who rose from abject poverty to become boundless leaders. So I ask the simple question, why not you? Why not you!? Why couldn’t you become great? The world could always use one more outstanding leader. Regardless of your past, in this very moment that you are reading this, you my friend, have a spotless future.
So the answer is YES. Anyone can become a great leader, if they live up to their potential. “Potential is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to him”- John Maxwell.
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