How often does fear get in the way of your happiness? How many times have you stopped yourself from doing something because you were fearful of what others may think? Why are we so afraid of being judged by other people that it dulls our light? Do you know who doesn’t give a shit what other people think? Animals. Trust me, an eagle isn’t wasting his time thinking, “oh how I wish I could fly like that guy ... I’m not as fast as him ...” And small children. Children have very clear goals and those goals are to play, explore and create. When my boys go to the park, they find another kid having fun and ask, “can I play, too?” And off they go. They don’t stop and say, “Momma, that boy is wearing the new Nikes so I’m sure he doesn’t want to play with me .... that girl is probably smarter than me so forget the whole thing.” Now, as adults, we have grown older and wiser but we forget the importance of play. Play elicits adaptability and teaches us to be creative. Play also helps to develop cognitive emotional maturity. While I like to think that we evolve as we age, I am struck by how many of my adult clients consistently fear the judgment of their peers. This profound and deep seeded fear can cause us to be conservative in our thinking. So, my question to you is this: What would you do if you weren’t afraid? If you didn’t give a fuck what other people thought? If you realized the truth that what other people think of you is absolutely none of your business. Think about it. When you start to hear those voices in your head telling you “don’t rock the boat,” or “keep playing small,” or that you “are not good enough,” realize that those limiting beliefs are NOT true, never were, and they are OLD. These implicit beliefs get stuck in the body, and just like your computer, need to be updated with new software. Update the old tapes with new positive messages. Life is short. If you are not happy, make a change. Do one thing today that scares you. Play! Stop anticipating failure and dare to fail better. Start playing bigger. Shine bright!
Thank you @mariannewilliamson for the inspiration (from A Return to Love)