W.I.N. Wednesday: Don't become small
When you make the commitment to the pursuit of personal excellence and express your willingness to do the hard work necessary and your willingness to Dare to Be Great, there will be a bunch of people there to cheer you on. There will also be a few people who will be lined up to tell you all the reasons you will not be successful in your journey.
It is easy to assume that the people who are expressing their support for you will continue to do so during your life long journey in the pursuit of excellence and will be there to pick you up when you stumble and fall and there to celebrate with you all the successes, big and small, along the way.
The reality is that as you rise, the group of supporters will likely begin to shrink. Some who expressed support at the start of your journey may slowly start to fade away or even turn on you. Some will even seem to take greater pleasure in your stumbles and failures than in your successes.
When this happens accept it as part of the journey, Embrace the Suck, and keep striving for excellence. Continue to be willing to Dare to Be Great, understanding that greatness is a journey and not an end state.
We all have our own crap and our own baggage we carry with us. Sometimes when you begin to rise higher, others will begin to feel inadequate and insecure. They will begin to compare what you have accomplished with what they have failed to accomplish. They will realize that while you are living into your potential, they are not. While you have embraced the path of hard work in the pursuit of excellence, they have chosen to embrace the easy path of mediocrity. While you have chosen to overcome challenges, obstacles and tragedy, they have chosen not to. While you have chosen the path of the victor that have chosen to embrace the role of the victim.
“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.”
While you have chosen to face your deepest fear, they are still paralyzed by it. Be cautious of shrinking so they will feel better about themselves.
“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.”
There will be a small group who will be with you throughout the entire journey because their love and support is unconditional. Embrace this group.
What’s Important Now? Do not become small for people who refuse to grow.
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