The sun never needs permission to shine. It’s always shining and is only blocked temporarily by the clouds.
Shining, is what the sun is meant to do. And so are YOU!
You are meant to show the world all of who you are, shining with your greatest talents and gifts. Shining with your beautiful heart.
The clouds that pass over our light can be the shadows of fear, doubt or insecurities. Some of these are imposed upon us and some are self-imposed.
Since, we have zero control on other people and the outside world, the only place to shift our focus is within ourselves. It’s time to give yourself permission to shine!
There are so many small ways that we might not even realize, in which we diminish ourselves. This is a really good place to start on the journey of allowing your full self to stand out and shine.
It can be as simple as removing a few small words that we add to our communication with people. “I guess”,”I think”, and my personal ( and much overused ) favourite …’just’. I just wanted to check in and see how you’re doing. I was just wondering if you would like to come in for a session. It is a small word but it takes away the impact of my message. I’m very aware of it now, so will often catch it in an email and delete it. What word or phrase do you use that diminishes you, your message or presence?
Something else to be aware of is how well you receive a compliment. Do you pause for a moment to take it in? Or do you brush it off really quickly? If that’s the case, not only are you not receiving the gift the other person is offering, you are also not allowing yourself to fully feel, acknowledge and embody this truth of your greatness. The next time someone offers a compliment, see if you can slow down your reaction time and allow yourself to be fully present and to feel their words.
I give my clients an activity called the “I’m Awesome Map” so there is a place to document and expand on all of the great things you offer in the world. Take a large piece of paper and draw a circle in the middle. Write the words “I’m Awesome” in the circle.
Start to draw lines out from the circle and list all of the reasons you’re awesome! Then for each reason, give some proof or evidence of that. Try for at least 2 proofs. This slows down the process for you, gets you to tap into your strengths and gifts in a deeper and very real way, and allows you to see why you are meant to shine!
I’m not sure why so many of us shy away from showing all of who we are and standing in that in a powerful way. Why it is so hard to let ourselves be seen.
What I do know is that we ARE meant to show all of who we are and to shine in all that makes us unique. I hope today you will give yourself permission to shine your light a little brighter!