Good morning folks. Happy Monday.
I’m a quote junkie. I use the God’s Word and other wise sayings to build up my personal repository of confidence and boldness.
I’ve been busier than usual thanks to my entrepreneurship and branding workshop, Start Me Up Weekend. At Start Me Up Weekend I work with entrepreneurs to get their business and brand going in a weekend. It’s an intensive all day Saturday and Sunday affair and you can learn more about it here.
I’ve you’ve been on the blog for a while you know that I’m all about encouraging women to become the best versions of themselves. I’m an advocate for entrepreneurship and I’m purposeful about empowering women. So when I do my workshops, I’m not just focusing on the standard business areas such as marketing or content, for example, but I work with women to address limiting mindsets, deal with the imposter syndrome and addressing the internal and external critics. The more workshops I do the more I realize that many women are plagued with feelings of inadequacy and doubt. It matters not how knowledgable, educated, resourceful or accomplished they are, these feelings always plague them.
Reflecting on a conversation we had at this past weekend’s workshop I feel the need to share the words of author Marianne Williamson. She says:
“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, and 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 will not 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
I asked some questions on the private Facebook community for those who’ve done the workshops. I’m now asking the same of you – As you build your business, brands, as a matter of fact, your life, what would you do if you knew you would not fail? What would you do if you knew you would not face critics – internal and external ones? Did you give it some thought? Now go do that thing. Start small and slow if you have to. But start.
Carlana Charles is the visionary and editor-in-chief of FemmePowered. She is a womanist, writer, speaker, story midwife and facilitator of meaningful and engaging conversations. When she is not working in or on FemmePowered, she can be found resting, baking, reading or scribbling furiously in her journal whilst sipping wine or coffee, sometimes both at the same time. She is currently working on her first book and hopes to release it in September 2017.