Ambitious professionals are not always confident and positive about the future. Just like everyone else they sometimes fear that they won’t be able to achieve the targets set for them or that they have set for themselves.

Most people suffer moments of indecision and self doubt every now and then. One of my functions as a mentor or coach for ambitious professionals is to help them move on and to reach their potential.

One of the tools I sometimes use is to share the following poem written by Marianne Williamson and included in her book, A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles. The quote is popularly but incorrectly attributed to Nelson Mandela who included it in his 1994 inauguration speech.

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, 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 are all meant to shine, as children do.

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.

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