I used to really struggle with speaking from my heart. I used to bury my truth and my light from the world, worried I might burden people. Feeling embarrassed if I took up too much attention or space.
Don't get me wrong, there is great value in humility and making space for others, but that is not what this was. Playing small is not humility. Quite the contrary. Playing small is an act of selfishness.
At the crux of playing small is a limiting belief that states:
"if I get (or act) too big I won't be loved."
What I've actually experienced in my life is that when I speak from my heart and let my light shine through, I end up giving others permission to do the same. Playing big activates the light in others and allows you to bond and connect with people at a much deeper level. This actually creates more opportunities for love in your life.
Standing boldly in your power and letting your light shine through, is a very important gift we can give our community and the world. It inspires others to do the same - to seek out their own truth and to follow their hearts. This is a great responsibility and privilege we each hold.
Joseph Campbell said it best "The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."
The game changer for me was the realization that the light that longs to shine through me, is actually not mine at all. It belongs to God.
When we deny that light from shining through us, we are denying God.
Personally, I'm done playing small. It does not serve me, my community or The Universe.
Shine bright my friend, before it's too late.