As I reflect back on one of the most impactful weeks of my life, I truly sit here in amazement at the blessings around me. And, what I find to be the most astonishing is that those blessings truly are out there in the Universe for each of us to reach out and embrace. I am no different than anyone else, no more gifted, or special, and luck has nothing to do with it. You see, I simply have been able to open the channels to receive God's glory around me (and, still continue to open even more channels every day).
I heard so many women this past week who have never given themselves permission to believe they are worth God's grace and the gifts given to them. They are playing small, or in a place where fear is the driver, and I found myself recognizing some of the same in my myself. Yes, I am playing bigger on some scale and living my life with intention and passion (or, at least, I am trying) ... yet, I still had a breakthrough moment in my own vulnerability and fear. My conscious choice in that given moment opened up even more opportunity around playing big and living my life with greater purpose.
I realized that so many can connect and relate to my ("mess to success") story, my authenticity, and my light ... and, to not play as big as I can serves no one, including myself. That I, like everyone of you, was given a song in my heart that is a gift that can impact and affect others, and to not put it out there in every capacity I can, is arrogant and selfish on my part. For if I have the power to impact even one, then I have a responsibility to do that as big and as bold as I possibly can.
All this is to say, there is so much more coming. I want to help others give themselves the same permission to be more, do more, believe more, and lift others up more. I want to work with those who hold the future of our next generation in their hands, in their hearts, and in their leadership to help them create their best living legacy to empower everyone around them. It's about saying Y.E.S. to YOURSELF first, and then saying Y.E.S. to empowering others. For when you say Y.E.S. in your life and make that commitment to live big, you automatically say no to all the noise, the doubt, and the fear.
You have great power within ... do you dare to stand up and say Y.E.S. I will embrace that, own that, and let that shine for the entire world to see?
Candy Barone is a leadership development expert, trainer & executive coach. She also is an international speaker, author, and the CEO & Founder of You Empowered Strong, LLC.