Episode 004: Why We Get Stuck Despite Our Best Efforts

Does it ever seem like, no matter how much effort you give, you end up right back where you started?  This issue became a fascination of mine a while back . . .

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

This line, from “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson, baffled me.  I was given a framed version of the entire paragraph years ago.  While the words struck a chord deep within me that rang of truth, I spent a year trying to grasp the meaning… I felt myself constantly questioning how it could be true that we, in essence, are “afraid” of success.

Little did I know that year reflecting on these words initiated a relentless quest.  I began noticing how true the words were for me, personally- how there were so many instances in my life of profound success, only to be followed by “failure”… seemingly created by my own “sabotage”. 

And then I noticed this pattern across the board- bankrupt millionaires, riders on the weight loss roller coaster, brilliant minds employed in the fast food industry, talented musicians performing in the isolation of their living room… the list goes on.

The spark fueled me.  What was it that kept so many, with so much potential, possibility, and passion, ‘stuck’?

Today’s episode is the answer. (access in iTunes)

Marianne Williamson’s oft-quoted paragraph from “A Return to Love”:

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, and 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 will not 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.