We were 25 minutes into a 30-minute mentoring call when I heard what I needed to hear. One of those instances when just a simple comment shakes your awareness.
I was sharing plans for a project I had in mind and casually mentioned that I knew I could do it and I knew I would do it extremely well. But as fast as the words, Extremely Well, were out of my mouth I had to add, “I didn’t mean to sound like I was boasting”….. I didn’t want it to seem like I was being egotistical.
That was when my mentor friend delivered the one-liner that Woke me up!!!! She said, “Why do you play down your accomplishments and talent?” What she was really saying or maybe it was what I was hearing was, “Why are you playing small?” She quickly asked me to notice what I was thinking which would lead me to feel I was boasting when in reality I was doing just the opposite; minimizing my personal power.
That very moment I realized I was sabotaging myself and actually betraying my abilities. I was fully aware of my abilities to successfully lead, coach and mentor ….. to build a global empire in the Direct Sales industry and today I could successfully train the sales force of any other Direct Sales company or MLM. I knew with full confidence that my training meetings and retreats are difference-makers for those who attend and all of these events are very well done but still with each success I continued-on, keeping a low profile.
THIS WHOLE EXPERIENCE BROUGHT TO MIND an event I attended many years ago. While I was on a training assignment in Africa for a group of highly successful top leaders, I was asked to read a poem to the group, Maryanne Williamson’s poem, Our Greatest Fear. Nelson Mandela had quoted it in one of his speeches and that evening our meeting was on his Presidential Grounds.
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 does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were 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.
I realized during my mentoring call that ‘my playing small was not serving the world.’ and I also know nothing can change without awareness. I am aware now so how do I plan to change?
- To Liberate myself by acknowledging my abilities.
- To no longer shrink back so others won’t feel insecure.
- To let my light SHINE.
- To get back to my declaration … “I am woman, HEAR ME ROAR!!!”
Someone asked me what Beautifully Bold meant. Being Beautifully Bold is when YOU:
- BOLD – Dare to be great – learn how to be Bodacious!
- BOLD – Learn how to stare fear down and replace it with confidence.
- BEAUTIFULLY – Being your authentic self.
- BEAUTIFULLY – Creating your life by design. The life you would love living.
Are you ready to be Beautifully Bold? To acknowledge the gifts that you are innately or are developing within you.