Daring Greatly

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 | 0 comments

One of my favourite quotes of all times comes from Teddy Roosevelt who spoke about Daring Greatly at the Sorbonne in Paris, April 23, 1910. He said:

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

Earlier this year, I was offered the opportunity to go to Köln, Germany to be a leader at an international CISV summer camp. At first I was so excited and then my automatic negative thoughts kicked in: “I’m too old to go. I’m overweight and my knees are shot and I really don’t want to be judged by strangers.” For a moment I considered passing on this opportunity and then I called myself to dare greatly! I reminded myself that I could either chose to live on the side lines of life or lean in to my discomfort, my vulnerabilities and be courageous! Thankfully, I have a great cheerleading squad in my life (aka my tribe) who encouraged me to go, not to mention I’ll be teaching a workshop at Royal Roads University this December on Embracing Imperfection and what a hypocrite I would be if I chickened out of an amazing adventure because I feared I wasn’t thin enough, pretty enough, and worthy enough to go!!

Well, for inquiring minds, I DID go and I had a blast! I met amazing young people from around the world and I learned a lot. More importantly, I confirmed to myself that I’m a pretty fab leader and an all around good person, who is worthy at whatever weight and age! And wouldn’t you know it, when I got back from Germany, one of my favourite inspirational people, Brené Brown, released her latest book and sure enough it’s called DARING GREATLY!! I’ve read it and it’s wonderful and so of course, I’ve added it to my list of Recommended Reads on my Amazon Booklist. I hope you enjoy it!!

Dare greatly my friends. You are worth it!!

Shannon

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