Our Deepest Fear In LIFE?

8 12 2011

Several years ago I was introduced to LIFE Team Leadership Development by Dan and Lisa Hawkins. At the time I already thought I was a leader as I was a father, husband, teacher, and coach. What I didn’t realize was that leadership, true leadership is identifying what we fear most in life and attacking those fears.

I came across this poem when I was watching a great dream-struggle-victory movie Coach Carter. I was going to provide my own insight after each paragraph addressing fear, but I think the words say it all.

Our Deepest Fear
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’s 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’re liberated from our own fear, 
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Orrin Woodward, Dan Hawkins, Founders of LIFE, thank you for not playing it small, overcoming your fears, and allowing your presence to liberate others!  Steve Leurquin 

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11 01 2013
adamrossman

Man, I love that poem!

2 01 2013
adamrossman

I just realized that the line that impacts me the most in this poem “our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure” is very accurate. Not so much that I fear the power that I posses. I rarely think of it actually. But I just realized that we are quite powerful! We are created in the image of the all-powerful God! Awesome :)

2 01 2013
adamrossman

I’m not sure if that comment made sense, or had any relevance to anything. It just struck a cord with me and I thought I’d share.

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12 12 2011
Todd Fulton

Great poem Steve. As u, I also thought I was a leader before becoming a part of TEAM. Boy was I truly mistaken. I found that I have more fears then I ever thought I did. Because of the training system and great leaders to duplicate and learn from like yourself, I have learned what it is to b a true leader. I am still in the learning process and always will be, but I can truly say TEAM has made a big difference in my life. Thank you for not playing it small.

12 12 2011
steveleurquin1

Todd,
Thank you for not playing it small! We are always in the learning process and congratulations for taking on the challenge of continuous growth.
Steve Leurquin

9 12 2011
Greg Streuly

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.

This is where i wish I taught in a school that allowed me to post things like this around my room/office. How many kids hide their true talents because those talents wouldn’t be seen as cool? Who cares if the starting nose tackle loves to bake, or if the heavyweight wrestler is also the best cello player in area? Their friends, the media, and sometimes their own families tell them to hide that light from the rest of the world.

I’m grateful that God has shown me great leaders, great men, like the Founders, all the RTs, and my own mentor Ken Herman. They set an example not just how to let my light shine, but how to lead others to do the same.

Shine on, men. Shine on.

9 12 2011
steveleurquin1

Greg,
If I was still teaching in school I would post this poem on the wall right next to the Ten Commandments and the cross that a friend made for me. They were both right to the left of the door so people couldn’t help but notice them as they walked in the room.
I remember a student one day asking, “Can you have that up?” My response was “YEP!” Steve Leurquin

9 12 2011
adamrossman

Awesome…..good for you!
“This little light of mine………”

9 12 2011
Kristen Seidl

Love this Steve and Greg! I did the same, except teaching PE I didn’t have a room so instead I would just ask my students their beliefs and we would discuss. I had one student say ‘you can get fired for talking about God in a public school.’ And I just told her that I cared more about her eternity than my job. Now more than ever we need to post poems like “Our Deepest Fear,” regardless of what the status quo or the rules say! Thanks Steve for this post! It’s excellent!

8 12 2011
Kevin Hamm

Steve,

Thank you for including the poem in its entirety with it’s mention of God and His glory (so conveniently edited out for the movie). It is God working in us and through us in spite of ourselves that makes the real difference. The beauty of it is that He chose to do it that way. He fulfills His will through our works. That certainly puts some perspective on our works. Thank you for leading us forward.

Kevin Hamm

9 12 2011
steveleurquin1

Hi Kevin,
Thank you for your post. I didn’t realize in the movie that they took out God. Too bad! Takes all the meaning away from what the author was intending to get across.
Steve Leuruqin

8 12 2011
steveleurquin1

Thanks Adam. So many lines in this poem can broken down into deep thought as to how God wants us to live our lives. Thank you for your post.
Steve Leurquin

8 12 2011
adamrossman

Steve,

Thank you so much for posting that poem!!! I had heard an audio clip of the line from the movie and did not know what movie it was from. And I did not know that it was actually a poem, before it was a line from the movie. Its such a great poem!! I plan on printing it off and memorizing it tomorrow. And I will certainly be sharing it with some of the people I come in contact with in the coming days.

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