"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."
"Self-confidence is not a feeling of superiority, but of independence."
"No one can make you feel inferior without your permission."
"In fact, we have a tendency to want to put ourselves down to avoid being thought of as self-centered."
Excerpt from And She Sparkled:
"Some people didn't really like that. They had come to depend on her the way she used to be. Now she made some of them uncomfortable, even angry.
'Are people really supposed to listen to their own rhythm and dance?' they asked. 'Or should they march in the quiet lines laid out for them?'
It didn't matter to her. She didn't want to tell anyone else what to do. The only thing that mattered to the woman was the voice of the little girl living in her heart...
whispering softly that she was, indeed, enough. She was magnificent...
and she sparkled."
Excerpt from article, "Want Cheese with that Whine: The Voices of Self-loathing and Self-love":
"You are beauty.
Trust the mystery.
Be curious about what is poetic, playful, sensual, erotic, present, confident and compassionate. It's who you really are.
Believe in your inherent worth.
Take your time.
Look for me, self-love, in others. When you see self-loathing, give them my love. Offer the nurturing and soothing acceptance that they need and perhaps have never had. Help them find me, self-love, in themselves."
Don't fear being great. Some people will look at you and make you feel badly for attempting to break free, but that is only because they are lazy. They simply wish to feel better about themselves and their lack of motivation, and so they find it easier to pull you down into their misery. Stand out from the crowd not simply to stand out, but do it instead for your own well-being. Break free from the 9 to 5!