There’s no victory in hiding. Not for us, and certainly not for you. Your five loaves and two fish have the potential to impact and satisfy many others in a significant way. As long as you don’t hide them away.
Hiding is when, for whatever reason, you chose to dial back in the best version of yourself for others to both enjoy and benefit. We have all hidden at some point in time. Unless you’re a narcissist, and they never hide.
Nelson Mandela made a quote by Marianne Williamson famous for both the words that are written, and of the occasion in which they were shared. Mandela was urging us to make sure we don’t play small because no one benefits. No one.
“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 something 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.” Marianne Williamson
Our light. Our gifts. Our skills. Our talent. Our resource. Our perspective. Our opportunity. Our right now.
Hiding is the by-product of choosing to believe who you are and what you have isn’t enough; when you don’t feel confident, and you don’t feel capable. We fear what we don’t know, can’t control and usually don’t fully understand.
- When you don’t feel capable of confident you HIDE.
- When you feel confident but not capable you TRY.
- When you feel capable but not confident you ACT.
- When you feel both confident and capable you LAUNCH.
But we fear anyway. Welcome to being human. Welcome to being vulnerable. Welcome to an invitation to authenticity.
Every step forward becomes one of testing and measuring if we have nothing valuable to offer. Will we be accepted? Embraced? Celebrated?
It’s just like the young boy with the five loaves and two fish. Jesus spends the day teaching the crowd, and understandably at the end of the day, everyone is hot, tired and hungry. The key leadership team are tasked with satisfying the needs of the crowd. A large crowd. They track down a young boy with his lunch of five loaves and two fish. It’s laughable. Such an insignificant resource; easily overlooked and lost in the energy and bustle of the crowd. Not to mention what it takes to extract food from a kid! What could such an insignificant contribution do for THIS great need? Nothing much they concluded. Nothing at all as long as it stays hidden. It didn’t stay hidden, it was, in fact, freely given. People were grateful for the contribution, and the small contribution made a big difference.
A small contribution makes a big difference when you choose not to hide.
- When you’re tempted to hide reach out for some SUPPORT.
- When you’re trying your best find someone to TRAIN with.
- When you just don’t feel capable ask for ENCOURAGEMENT and Feedback.
- If you’re ready to launch be sure to set your DIRECTION.
Stop hiding. No-one is winning. Not you. Not us.
This is FOR leaders. I am FOR leaders.