IMHO, these are the most inspiring words outside of the Bible that have ever been written:
“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.”
-Written by Marianne Williamson from A Return to Love.
This scene is from one of my all-time favorite sports movies, Coach Carter, and offers a condensed yet still powerful version of this quote.
What are you most afraid of? And what is one thing you can do right now to get over it?