MY SPARK OF GENIUS?
17.4 Living Up to My Size
What holds us back
is not who we really are,
but who we think we are.
In other words, we’re usually more
than who we believe and allow ourselves to be.
However, it is often the deep-seated fear
of being judged and rejected that makes
the need blend in or fit in outweigh the desire
to express our authentic selves.
We dress more conservatively
to avoid getting attention;
we downplay our gifts, strengths,
and accomplishments because
we don’t want to make someone
feel bad or envious.
And even in our close relationships, we don’t allow ourselves to share our thoughts, feelings, because we fear we may appear weak, needy and thus less attractive.
As a result, we either dare to express only a smaller, toned-down version of ourselves, or we simply withdraw into obscurity, isolation, and loneliness.
Instead of hiding out in a smaller and smaller comfort zone, practice expressing yourself at least once every day.
For example, give yourself a voice by sharing an opinion about something you are interested in or asking for something you need or would like help with.
Challenge yourself to be noticed
and wear a bright-colored shawl
or strike up a conversation with a stranger at the coffee shop.
Or try any form of creative expression.
Sing in the car or shower. Draw.
Write a poem, a letter, or a story.
Cook a new dish.
Get out your camera and take a picture.
At first it takes courage to express yourself more openly.
But as it becomes more and more normal for you, your sense of self-acceptance increases.
And once you accept yourself, you’re free to shine your true genius into the world.
Friedemann Schaub, MD PhD is the author of THE FEAR + ANXIETY SOLUTION: A Breakthrough Process for Healing and Empowerment with Your Subconscious Mind. His unique approach to transform the root causes of fear and anxiety has helped thousands of his patients to overcome their emotional challenges and live with greater confidence, self-worth and success.
To read the full "SPARKS OF GENIUS" Insights of 100+ global creators & visionaries - all included in our new SPARKS OF GENIUS eBook - be sure you're signed up for your reminder to buy the GENESIS OF GENIUS Book on Launch Day, Oct. 24 - where the complete SPARKS OF GENIUS eBook will available exclusively as a FREE bonus!
• Visit our GENESIS OF GENIUS Book Site for access to all the updates and info on these groundbreaking books and the exclusive bonuses available on Launch Day, Oct. 24.
Other visionaries featured in "21 Days of Genius" and the SPARKS OF GENIUS eBook include James O'Dea, former Executive Director of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Amnesty International; Michael Michalko, creativity expert and best-selling author of ThinkerToys; Barbara Marx Hubbard, pioneer of the global consciousness movement and author of Conscious Evolution; John Selby, author of 14 spiritual books, including Seven Masters, One Path; Deb Rozman, renowned psychologist and HeartMath co-founder; Paul Babin, Hollywood Cinematographer for Terminator 2, Runaway Bride and many others; Shawne Duperon, 6-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and founder of Project Forgive; Chade-Meng Tan, Google's Jolly Good Fellow and author of Search Inside Yourself; James Olson, author of The Whole Brain Path to Peace; Marilyn Schlitz, former CEO of IONS ...
Plus a divine blend of other creators - from world-class sculptors and dancers, comedians, entrepreneurs, social innovators - and many more Bright Lights shining their genius - as well as the voices and visionaries featured on ConsciousSHIFT - now at 260,000+ global subscribers!
We believe there is a Spark of Genius in everyone - and our vision
for this "21 Days of Genius" Celebration and SPARKS OF GENIUS eBook
is to inspire YOU to discover and share your own Signature Genius!
Please share with us in the comments below how this Quote
and "21 Days of Genius" Series has sparked your genus!
We've provided convenient social-sharing buttons (below) -
so you may share this SPARKS Quote graphic with your social networks, and spread the inspiration! Much appreciated!