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.
– Marianne Williamson
When I was a child, this quote echoed through one of my favourite movies, Coach Carter; a film that I decided to watch last night.
These words mean so much to me that I even decided to tattoo them on my skin, when I overcame the most difficult moment in my life.
But what do these words mean?
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful and not inadequate? This makes no sense!
Yet, it does and I am going to give you my interpretation to what Ms Williamson means.
The quote refers to a mentality, not a final position in life. We are not afraid of ultimately possessing a powerful life, we are afraid of assuming the powerful mentality that will transport us to that life.
A mentality of inadequacy is easy; Low standards and low expectations; ‘I can’t fail if I dont try, right?’ Wrong.
We are afraid of the potential we have. We fear that if we assume this personality (mentality) of power, and life is not what we expect it to be; then what is left? What road do we take? What if we fall from grace? What if we weren’t powerful at all?
These are the questions that ring through our mind, even subconsciously, when we cower at the thought of being great and powerful.
These are the questions that make us not fear inadequacy, but embrace it.
My Unemployed Graduates, I won’t ever tell you how to live your life or what to do. But, don’t be afraid to be great, the potential is there. Your greatest obstacle stares at you every single day; your reflection in the mirror.
Dare to be great.
To conquer any fear you need to confront it. Confront power. Realise you have the potential.
Assume the mentality of power and you will convert your deepest fear, into your greatest asset.
Have a great week 🙂