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.
A good friend of mine, Kevin Gull, President of Symmetry Global, shared this quote by Marrianne Williamson this week and I thought it would be wonderful for my Sunday post. On this day, my hope is to inspire you to reach your full potential. There really are no limits to who you can be or what you can do. We’re really only limited by our own mind and willingness to change. It starts with a thought which is refined into a dream and then is unleashed by moving faith.
To reach your full potential, you need to be willing to change. As I have pondered about the principles of change, my mind goes to those who struggle with addiction. To turn from an addiction requires significant change. I have had good friends who struggled with addiction and I was privileged to stand with them as they worked through the penetrating process to turn from this challenge. As I learned about the stronghold of addiction, I also learned about the power of the mind and heart to overcome. I closely studied the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the related 12 Steps of Addiction Recovery provided by the LDS Church to help me understand in more detail the process and principles of change. These programs really are a great step by step guide on the principles of change and I recommend them to those who may be struggling or have loved ones who struggle with addiction.
Recognizing each program is tailored to addiction, I’ve summarized the 12 steps into what I refer to as the core principles of change that can be universally applied:
- Honesty: Admit that you have weakness and need consistent brutal feedback to truly see, listen, and understand your reality.
- Faith: Come to believe that correct principles and truths can transform you to greatness
- Choice: Decide to align your will and your life with correct principles and truths
- Truth: Make a searching and fearless written moral inventory of yourself.
- Confess: Admit to yourself and to others the exact nature of your weakness
- Prepare: Become prepared mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually to have your weakness removed
- Ask: Humbly pray to have your weakness removed
- Record: Write down your weaknesses, your plans for change and become willing to actually do your plan
- Work: Actually do the work for change
- Endure: Continue to take personal inventory of your weaknesses and, when you make a mistake, promptly admit it
- Discover: Through prayer and meditation, seek to know what your purpose is and to have the power to carry it out
- Share: Share the message of your change with others and continue to practice the principles of change
This is just my view on the principles contained in the 12 steps of each program. You may see others. I have found that you must work through them step by step in order to truly make the changes to unleash your full potential. It’s hard, but it is worth it.
Choose to reach your full potential. Choose to change. Choose greatness.