don’t let your critics dim your shine

don’t let your critics dim your shine
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In the grand theater of life, each one of us has a role to play. We're all given a unique set of gifts and talents, and it's up to us to make the most of them. Yet, as we step onto the stage of life, we often find ourselves surrounded by critics, those who doubt our abilities and question our choices. It’s crucial to remember Robin Sharma’s sage advice: “Get into the arena, forget about the critics, and play big with the gifts of your days.”

Critics are like shadows that loom over us, whispering doubts and planting seeds of insecurity. They can come from all corners, from well-meaning friends and family to faceless voices on the internet. But if we let their words dictate our actions, we'll find ourselves stuck in the quagmire of mediocrity. The truth is, as Theodore Roosevelt once 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 them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.”

Life is brief, and our years pass by like grains of sand slipping through our fingers. Just as we can't hold onto those grains, we can't afford to hold onto the criticisms that others cast upon us. Time waits for no one, and if we spend our days dwelling on the negativity of others, we'll miss out on the opportunity to make our mark on the world.

Instead of listening to the critics, we should focus on playing big with the gifts we've been given. Each of us has a unique purpose, and it's our responsibility to let our talents shine brightly. As Marianne Williamson beautifully reminds us, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” It's in our power to tap into our potential and illuminate the world with our abilities.

Think of your gifts as the spotlight that guides you on the stage of life. Embrace them, nurture them, and use them to create a life that's meaningful and fulfilling. Don't hide in the shadows, afraid of what others might say. As Oprah Winfrey once said, “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”

So, as you journey through life, remember to step into the arena with courage and confidence. Disregard the critics and naysayers, for their words hold no power unless you grant it to them. Life is too precious to be spent in the shadows. Instead, let your talents see the light of day, and in doing so, you'll discover the greatness that resides within you.