“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 all meant to shine, as children do. We are 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.”
So many of us are fearful of stepping into our power; especially as women. Or we do so in a half-hearted way...lest we offend anyone. Or maybe we are afraid to claim our power for fear we will have to live up to it. Sometimes...we just don't know how. Here is what I have learned about stepping into my power-not that I am there yet, but I am on my way! It will take my lifetime perhaps...negotiating differences and new situations as they come along...
1. Be true to mySELF.
2. Don't try to please everyone (impossible) and don't pay attention to what others say.
3. Follow my instincts, my gut.
4. Trust in mySELF.
5. One small step at a time.
6. Believe in mySELF, my work.
7. Fight for whats important to me. Some things are worth standing up and fighting for.
8. Discard gender biases that simply don't work for me.
9. Develop and sustain congruence between my beliefs and actions.
10. Set boundaries-they work and it gets easier each time you do it!
11. Build a community...blogging has been so amazing for that!
12. Take time to nurture mySELF.
What are your thoughts on stepping fully into your power?
I received the most beautiful gift in the mail yesterday from fellow blogger Meegan...it is an angel; from the Demdeco line Willow Tree. It was so thoughtful, sweet and generous...thank you sweet friend! And your card put a smile in my heart:) I am continually reminded of the generosity of this blogging community-whether it be in gifts, words of support , encouragement and time...or the opening up of your stories and your lives with truth and authenticity. This community rocks!!