“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.”
This inspiring quote by Marianne Williamson is from her book, A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3 (Pg. 190-191).
As we approach our next Black Belt test I thought it would be good to share a specially selected video. From Muhammed Ali to Sylvester Stallone as Rocky, my hope is that these voices and images will help you remember your potential.
With all the stresses life has to throw at us, the negative voices, thoughts and self destructive patterns, it is important to feed the mind and spirit uplifting and positive thoughts. Our brain is a computer and we often make our decisions based on emotion. Thats why it is so important to actively put good education, information and inspiration into our mind and surround ourselves with good people.
"You are the sum total of the five people you associate with most."
My goal is to encourage and challenge each of you to rise to the occasion, to face the challenges ahead with courage and confidence. You will join the ranks of a proud tradition - to become a Black Belt or advance as a Black Belt toward Mastery.
"Winners are simple willing to do what losers won't."
It's it a worthwhile and noble quest. You can do it. Believe in yourself!