Getting Out Of Your Own Way

Greatness takes guts.  No doubt about it.  Sure,  Shakespeare implored us: “Don’t be afraid of Greatness.”  But here I was, on Day 3 of my retreat, seriously scared.  From the moment I woke up,  fear began to wrap around me like a second skin,  seeping into my pores,  coursing through my veins,   constricting my chest with its vise-like grip.

Why was I so afraid, I wondered?  I spent the last two days delightfully splashing around in this new Call to Greatness.  Now,  suddenly,  I wake up drowning in fear.

In  a split second,  it made perfect sense.

The Call to Greatness meant I was being summoned to a higher level.  I had grown very comfortable teaching women how to make more money and manage it wisely.  I had the ‘overcoming’ stuff down pat.  But going to the next level of  ‘becoming’  (whatever that means!!!)  was brand new territory.

I suspected what that meant for me personally – I  had to come out of the closet,  revealing and owning my value,  my brilliance,  my power,  my exceptional wisdom and my unique talents.

The instant I wrote that last sentence,  my tummy did a belly flop.  Is everyone going to think I’m arrogant (a big fear of mine!)?  Or even worse,  will the world think I’m really just faking it?  My brilliance is BS, my talents are,  well… ordinary?

Somewhere during the day,  I made a decision.  This is a risk I’m willing to take.  I’m going for Greatness,  and taking every woman I possibly can with me.  I  am convinced the world desperately needs women to step up to the plate and into their power,  to own their Greatness in the grandest way.

Just as I write this,  the damndest  thing happened.  I get an email from my friend Suzy.  “I read this and thought of you,”  she said,  sending me a quote from Marianne Williamson.  The synchronicity was inescapable!!!

“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?


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 born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It is not just some of us; it is in everyone.

And as we let our 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.” – Marianne Williamson

There’s no doubt in my mind – this a sign and a message,  not just to me,  but to everyone reading this blog!!!

Speaking of signs,  be sure to read my next blog.

Barbara Stanny

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Comments & Feedback

  • I’ll take up the flag – Greatness to Women Everywhere!

  • I’m right there with you, Melodee. I really appreciate your enthusiastic comment!!

  • I’m with you on the call to Greatness!
    Really enjoying these blogs!

  • And then there is the poem from the Hopi Elders that ends “We are the one we have been waiting for.” Thanks for the ongoing inspiration.

  • Hi Barbara,
    I just received your newsletter today, regarding “Letting Go.” I loved what you had to say. It reminded me so much of one of my favorite books, “Going to Pieces, Without Falling Apart” by Mark Epstein. If you haven’t read it, I would really encourage you to pick up a copy. Your newletter made me want to read your recent blogs, and it so connected with what you wrote about in the entries of July 17th through July 27th. I believe that we are all put on this earth for a purpose, and it’s our task to figure out what that purpose is, and then to step out of our own way so that it can be fulfilled. I, too, love working with women and helping them to discover the wonderful magic inside of them. I believe that my purpose is to reach out to others from a place of love, understanding, and peace. I want to help them connect to themselves and to all they may come in contact with, to create a world filled with peaceful, loving connections. I’m not quite sure what my journey will look like, but I’m open to the process of moving forward.

    Thank you for your inspiration, and your willingness to grow and to become all that you’re meant to be.

    With Appreciation,

    Linda Menesez

  • I’m so touched by all your posts.

    Thank you so much Joanne…coming from you, the master blogger, that feels so good.

    Great quote Susan…I’ve never heard it before…and it’s so true.

    Linda, I felt the enormous compassion in your words…you are defintely on a magnificent journey.

    Again, I deeply appreciate all your support for my blogs…Hugs to you all! xo

  • Ivona

    Hi Barbara! I just finished reading two of your books: “Prince Charming Isn’t Coming” and “Secrets of Six-Figure Women.” I had to check out your blog and just read this post. I am also in the process of switching careers so that I can go back on track to making 6 figures.(I left advertising for social work and realized that I could make more money in the former that I could use to fund socially conscious projects.) Well, I’d emailed an old friend in the ad biz last week and asked him for a meeting to discuss this switch. I was beginning to lose hope since I hadn’t heard from him, but then I got a sign! I had just finished reading the Marianne Williamson quote and your laws of Greatness, and when I clicked on my email inbox and…I got the response that I’d been looking for from my friend. He replied that he was excited at the possibility of me coming back into the ad biz with my new psychology knowledge and wanted to meet with me in person. Coincidence? Yes! And a great sign to boot!
    Thank you again for your terrific books and being an inspiration to women everywhere. I’m even thinking of starting a “financial books” club. And thank you for being brave enough to allow your light shine!!

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