Fear is one of the most prevalent causes of pain and injustice in the world.
Think about it, what good has fear done for you?
Fear is what binds us to remain unchanged and unmoving -- it makes us stagnant. It is what holds us back from owning our power because we fear our greatness will come with even greater sacrifices. It is our fear that lures us away from opportunities and awakening our potential. Fear exploits our weaknesses by magnifying our perceived incapability. The moment we succumb to fear's temptations, it is then our dreams slowly perish.
You see, fear wins when we deprive ourselves of being our truest self, when we refuse to acknowledge our purpose, and when we deny the world the gift we hold within ourselves.
So rarely do we take a moment to truly appreciate all the incredible things we women are capable of doing. Take this speech I delivered during the Empower Me event on International Women's Day for example, never would I have known that I would be standing here with my peers - shaping the world in our own way.
Sometimes we think that our brokenness automatically disqualifies us from contributing and sharing our legacies with our community, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Our stories only get stronger the more adversity we overcome.
"You just need to take one step -- one step forward, and think to yourself, 'what's the worst that could happen? For me, I think that the worst that could happen is that you get to the end of your life and you think, '-what if...'" - Sandra Chuma
We have had several inspirational speakers share their stories on stage. ALL of them were afraid at some point of their journey, and yet they pursued their passion anyway. They braved through the obstacles in front of them, reached the summit, and now they share with us something we may not have known all along - we have the capacity and capability to make a difference in this world. These great women were not born with their greatness. These women are not here by accident. But these women are no different than you.
We all have a gift and a calling. Our dreams, moments of inspiration, and ideas are meant to make a difference in the world. Don't let fear get in the way of embracing your higher purpose. Don't give in to the uncertainty and excuses. I personally had experienced this reality when I had the idea for NDINI. But one thing I had learned is that the path does not have to be crystal clear. You do not have to be able to see the end. What is immensely important is that you take one step, regardless or even despite your situation.
You are here for a reason, so live for that reason and make that reason known.
Ask yourself, "what is my greatest dream or idea? What is stopping me from achieving it? What are the things I'm telling myself to avoid taking action on this idea?"
We already have it within us to make a difference in our everyday life, and in the world. Let us not allow fear to hold us back from being, becoming, and doing our best.
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