What Are You Afraid Of?

This post is inspired by one of my favourite quotes, by Marianne Williamson:

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.

Every time I read that quote, I get shivers and think wow. I mean, if you stop and think about it, it really is a powerful, amazing quote.

The potential which exists in every one of us is incredible. What is stopping us from getting there? The fear of us failing? Well I can tell you that if you’re not going after what you can achieve then you’re already failing by just sitting there.

And it truly is our light which most frightens us. Knowing that we’re amazing beyond what we can fathom means that we can do great things. Some of us are afraid that with great things come great responsibilities. Sometimes sure. But it doesn’t have to. We can be the architect of our own lives. We can design the future that we want to have.

I’m struggling with this right now actually. I’m torn between doing something that works & can give me the life I want or building someone innovative & unique as I’m not sure where it will go. I know it has potential. I know it can be big. I want to do both so I have something to fall back on but do I have the ability to go after both with full effort? I’m going to find out soon as that’s my goal.

And the quote doesn’t just mean a job or career and making money – it means anything in our lives. For me, sports is a huge part of my life. I’ve always played sports, won athlete of the year in high school, and this year will be going to Colorado to compete in the 2011 WFDF World Flying Disc Championships. I’ve been throwing a frisbee, or a disc of some design for 11 years. I love throwing. It’s like meditation for me. I can go out and throw on my own for 2 hours and it helps me re-energize, refocus and re-connect. I’ve learned with respect to sport that I don’t have to be afraid of what my potential is – I know that if I put in the time practicing, I can be awesome. And it’s fun being awesome at throwing.

What is something you are passionate about? What is something holding you back? And is it really?

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