Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Permission Game

Time for playing small is over, folks. This world needs you. Now.

As Marianne Williamson said, 'Your playing small does not serve the world.'

The world needs the best of what you've got. Not the little crap. Not the insecure, doubtful, thinking small garbage that you've managed to get by on thus far.

How are you showing up in your life? Are you in the game 100%? No?

This industry and this world needs you to step up to the plate with everything you've got. No fear.

I know, it's easier said than done. It means, finally putting down your story and letting it go. You've already beaten it to death, using it for one excuse after another.

Your story of shame, blame, guilt, being the victim, and all the other things you've convinced yourself as to why you can't step up and be the leader you were meant to be.

I want to let you in on a little secret that I've learned. It's a neat trick, and I want you to try it today. Because once you learn this, and observe the results, you'll want to do nothing else than step out of your comfort zone.

While at a workshop a few years back with Klemmer & Associates , we were told that when we step out of our comfort zone, when we perform actions, think and act on our biggest and boldest thoughts, we actually give people permission to do the same.

Read that sentence again, because it's important.

To realize that we can actually give others permission, just by our actions, and the strength to step out of their comfort zones by stepping out of our own we give ourselves permission to do more.

Our actions move like waves through the crowd. A person can see you walk through your fear and think, 'well, if he or she can do it...so can I.'

It's like the story of the one person who broke the five minute mile. Suddenly, numerous runners were breaking that goal. Someone needed to step up and give others permission. They needed to see it was possible.

It took just one person to do that. Be that one person.

Be that person on your team to show others that climbing up the compensation plan in a short amount of time can be done. Show people how to walk through fear, how to speak in front of crowds, how to get things done without hesitation.

Give them permission. Give yourself permission to do it. What are you waiting for?


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 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’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won’t feel insecure around you
We are 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 the right to do the same
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

-Marianne Williamson
(Yes, it really was Ms. Williamson who wrote this, and not Nelson Mandela)


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