"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? 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 others do not 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." #Marianne_Williamson (Also quoted by Nelson Mandela at his 1994 inauguration.)
Inasmuch as we fear being hurt physically or emotionally, sometimes we are fearful because the consequences of our potential success terrify us. And so we hold back on doing or saying anything that might bring with it the weight of other people's expectations and having to shoulder some responsibilities. We withhold our best efforts, for fear that we might then have to take some responsibility, or worse, live up to our achievements.
However, by playing small, we remain small. By holding back, we simply don't get what is on offer from Life.
The question for you: Is it really your Life's purpose to play small, act mediocre and then die? Or is there a way in which you would like to be remembered as someone who explored all of Life's possibilities on offer, who gave 100% to everything you did and who added value to your own life, others and the Planet?
So what if there are additional responsibilities which accompany your playing big? If the outcome is to reach your fullest potential, then welcome whatever comes with it. And so what if your success results in others expecting more of you? The expectations are theirs, not yours.
Your only calling is to use all of the God-given talents, body and mind with which you were blessed. Nothing more. And certainly not to play small, because you have something to offer, whether you believe it or not.