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Powerful Beyond Measure|Our Deepest Fear

“Our Deepest Fear…” is a tremendous piece of writing by Marianne Williamson.

“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.”

—-from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.

Bringing this passage to life is an awesome video I stumbled across on YouTube.

This video includes scenes from the movie Snatch with audio from Muhammad Ali and Rocky and a music soundtrack spliced from the Transformer’s movie and Gladiator (another one of my favorites!). Tony Robbins narrates much of it. Many of the words are pulled verbatim from Williamson’s writing or from the most recent Rocky movie.

There is so much motivational juice in this short clip!

It’s worth paying close attention to the words in this clip. Some of my favorite quotes are:

  • Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
  • I’m gonna show you how great I am! Only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick – I’m so mean I make medicine sick! – Ali
  • I’m gonna show you how great I am! Last night I cut the light off in the bedroom, hit the switch, was in the bed before the room was dark! – Ali
  • I’m gonna show you how great I am! I’d wrestled with an alligator, I’d tussled with a whale, I’d hand-cuffed lightnin’, put thunder in jail! – Ali
  • Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep movin’ forward. That’s how winnin’ is done. – Rocky
  • If you know what you’re worth than go out and get what you’re worth! – Rocky
  • It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We were all meant to shine as children. Not just in some of us, but in everyone. As we let our own light shine, we give others the opportunity to do the same. – Marianne Williamson

Words to this video (from Dustin):

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure, beyond measure.

Ima show you, how great I am.

Last night I cut the light off in my bedroom, hit the switch, and was in the bed before the room was dark.

Ima show you, how great I am.

Only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick, Im so mean I make medicine sick.

Ima show you, how great I am.

This kids gonna be the best kid in the world.
This kids gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.

Ima show you, how great I am.

I have wrastled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, I done handcuffed lightnin, thrown thunder in jail.

Ima show you, how great I am.

All you chumps are gonna bow when I whoop him, all of you, I know you got him, I know youve got him picked, but the mans in trouble, Ima show you how great I am.

But somewhere along the line you changed, you stopped being you.You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good, and when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow.

Let me tell you something you already know, the world aint all sunshine and rainbows, its a very mean and nasty place and I dont care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.

You, me, or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life; but it aint about how hard you hit, its about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward.

Thats how winning is done.

Cause if youre willin to go through all the battling you gotta go through to get to where you wanna get, whos got the right to stop you.I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to somebody, something.

And youre told no even after you pay your dues, whos got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody.Its your right to listen to your gut, it aint nobodys right to say no, after you earn the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do.

Now if you know what youre worth, then go out and get what youre worth.
But you’ve gotta be willing to take the hits.And not pointing fingers saying you aint where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody.

Cowards do that and that aint you!

You’re better than that!

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.

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.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.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

All you chumps are gonna bow when I whoop him, all of you, I know you got him, I know you’ve got him picked, but the mans in trouble, Ima show you how great I am.

12 comments

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  2. Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT says:

    I absolutely love this. I shared it in a note on facebook with all my closest friends. I’ve been sharing the bits and pieces through twitter and my status as people need to wake up and realize that we create our own destiny.

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  4. Victoria says:

    Thank you so much for compiling all of this. A page full of inspiration. I love all of the quotes & transcript!

  5. vanita singh says:

    Please watch footage of chuck wepner vs ali in 1975.Chuck was rank outsider ,yet he took ali to 15 rounds.This fight inspired stallone to make oscar winning movie Rocky.

  6. The Phonome Team says:

    I will surely show to the world how great i am. I am gonna leave a mark which is gonna inspire the thousand generations to come. Its a commitment and every word of this will come true. Its just a matter of time.

  7. John-Daniël Josephs says:

    Im gonna show you How great i am with the Power of GOD who created the heavens and earth , who formed me with his hands , and carved me out of the corner stone Christ. Im gonna show you yes me i’ll show . You know why i will be the wealthiast man on earth not with money but with the unlimited and never ending wisdom , yes not money not gold , wisdom . If you don’t have wisdom then you nothing with all you riches.

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