On New Year’s Eve, many people create resolutions.
The majority of those very same people don’t keep them. Therefore, they don’t achieve the success they desire in the New Year. If you want to succeed in 2014, you need to follow just one piece of advice: show up.
No matter what goals you set or activities you decide to take on, you must show up. That means you can’t hide in the shadows or off at the corner of the stage. You can’t start any new self-improvement routine—personal or professional–halfheartedly or halfway. You must open the door and walk through. You must walk all the way to center stage and stand in the flood light. You have to follow through and do what you say you want to do.
Most important, you have to show the world who you are and share your talents and gifts.
Be Your Authentic Self
Showing up also means being authentic. When people talk about authenticity, they simply mean “be yourself.” Allow the real you come out in everything you do. Don’t hide behind a mask or fold yourself up like a piece of paper so you become small and people can only see a small bit of your.
Unfold and show the world all of you. My favorite T-shirt is very worn and faded, but you can still read the words of author Louise Hay printed on it. It says: “You’re great! There is no one like you on the planet. There never has been and there never will be. You are forever a unique, divine creation.”
Show up as that unique, divine creation that you are.
Showing up takes courage. Don’t let anything stop you or your success will be hindered. Be courageous enough to unfold and to show up.
Marianne Williamson said it best:
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, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the World. There is 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. 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.
Always Play Big
Indeed, playing small does not serve you or anyone else. Take a step out onto the playing field or the stage and let your light shine—and the light shine on you.
Know, as Williamson said, you are supposed to show your greatness. And when you do this, you inspire others to do so as well. When you inspire others, you give them a huge gift. And you will find yourself repaid in many ways.
Nina Amir is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire.
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