When I was in the 9th grade, a woman came to our school to speak to our school assembly. While listening to her message, I heard a voice inside my head that said, “That’s it! That’s what I want to do. I want to stand in front of hundreds of people and share a message that will make a difference in their life!”
And then that voice was silenced just as quickly as if it had never been there and replaced with a voice that said, “Who am I to think that I have something anyone would want to hear? It’s better to stay silent, stay in the background, and go unnoticed because this is where it’s safe.”
I thought it took years to hear that voice again, to share the same message again, but that’s not exactly true. The voice was always there, whispering the message like an interpreter whispering in the ear of a visiting guest who does not speak the language.
When the voice is persistent, we will say, “What? Who, me, impossible!” It’s amazing how we can resist our calling, our intuition or the many signs along our path in life because we fear our own call to greatness.
Just the word, “greatness” causes so many reactions from ourselves as well as others; judgement, anger, jealousy, fear, disbelief, the list is endless.
The Universe has a way of keeping us from “playing it safe!” In fact, playing it safe, is usually what causes most of the struggle in our lives. When we’re playing small (not stepping into our greatness) we choose unsatisfying careers, relationships, financial decisions, and experience health challenges; all because we are resisting why we are here.
What about those people who have done great things and then tell themselves, “I will never again do something as amazing as this!” Athletes, actors, poets, painters, artists, dancers, doctors, researchers, mothers, fathers, teachers, singers, and anyone who believes they have reached their peak will ignore the voice inside their head. The voice that is telling them, “you are here to do great things” is often silenced because we choose to believe that we can do nothing greater than what we have done so far.
Because we listen to that voice, we struggle and ask, “Why Am I Here?” Van Gogh never sold a painting in his lifetime and yet his work has had a profound effect on so many lives. Art theft, forgery, paintings bought and sold or handed down from one person to another; all have been affected by his work in both negative and positive ways.
The author who publishes his first book, the artist who sells her first painting, the athlete who scores the final touchdown, the woman who gives birth to her child, the person who finds a cure; if these people had stopped there, if they had believed they could never again do something as amazing as that, they would have blocked their path to greatness to write the next book, paint the next painting, win the next game, have a second child. What of all the people who have been touched by their work? What of them? Yes, it’s possible that they would have been touched by someone else’s work but isn’t that what we tell ourselves when we choose to not to listen to the voice in our head! We simply say, “I am sure someone else more qualified will do this.”
The next time you ask yourself, “Why Am I Here”, listen to the voice inside your head. It’s giving you the answer, it’s telling you that you are here to step into your greatness!
Nancy Mueller ~ Mastering Your Beliefs Sensei
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