Do you dare to open up for your fullest potential?
We all have a voice inside of us, a voice that limits us, a voice that stops us. A fearful voice that thinks we are not strong enough, not brave enough, not smart enough, not good enough. A voice that wants to keep us where we are, even if this place is not the place we want to be.
I recognize this voice inside myself, it’s a voice that is afraid of the unkown, it is the voice of the inner critic, the fear voice that is coming up from time to time and it sometimes screams really very loud.
What do i do when this voice comes up? I listen and i realize it is there to keep me on the safe place, the place which is my comfort zone, but also the place which holds me back from growing, from showing who i really am, from living my fullest potential.
I then try to connect to the voice deep inside of me, the powerful version of myself, the version of myself that feels vibrant and alive. I try to call up feelings that i have had when i really felt powerful beyond, when i felt very good, when i was spending time in nature, climbing that mountain in France. I look back at what i have realized already so far.
Two weeks ago, i was in between two weeks during my yogaholidays in France. Our guide offered me a private hike to a place i had not been before. I was doubting to go and had two contradicting voices in my head, one voice telling me not to go as it would be better for me to do some office work and work at my computer, this is my “have to” voice. There was another voice, the “fear voice” which is cooperation very well with the “have to” voice and this was telling me by body is tired and needs to rest and the hike might be to challenging for me.
In the end, i did not listen to both voices and i went on the hike. That was the voice from the real Annick , i was listening to, the voice that feels powerful and adventurous. And i got so much rewarded listening to that voice. I went on the most incredible hike i have ever done. It was very challenging for me, we had to climb 700 meters and we went up and down in 3 hours. I was with our guide Hervé and his wife and they are both trailrunners, so instead of walking down, we were running downhill. I had the most amazing experience, the views were just stunning, powerfull waterfalls, mountain rivers, mountains tops with snow. We even saw marmots, ibex and a fox. I felt like on another planet, powerful nature, silence, and i felt my own inner strength.
As i want to share this magical experience, i dediced to put this hike on the program for next year hike. We will have an overnight in a refuge during our week, which will allow us to really disconnect, to disconnect from the outside world, to disconnect from the luxury in our daily lives. We will be connected to ourselves, our inner power and strength, we will have room to let go and to connect to the beautiful nature. Nature for me is the best way to heal myself and to be fully here and now.
I am grateful that i can connect to the real voice and let go of the inner critic. I got new opportunities and chances as i listened and i want to remember this when my fear voice comes up again.
Do you have a voice that is keeping you safe and small? What would the real and powerful you do? What would you do if you had no limits, how would you feel?
The quote from marianne Williamson keeps on inspiring me. Do we dare to show up fully, do we dare to grow and shine our light?
I invite you already to join us next year on a great journey in France.
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