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Lovely post, Valeria! This seems to be a common theme for many this past year, including myself. I'm thankful that I got to experience some of that learning and growth with you.

Your post reminds me of something my yoga instructor recited to us before class the other day. Thought you might like it...

Our Greatest Fear

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us

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 and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

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.

—From "Return to Love" by Marianne Williamson, Harper Collins, 1992

@Lance - thank you. I almost felt guilty in writing about myself in a space I dedicate to all of you.

@Christa - it wasn't easy. Indeed, emotions get us in more than a couple of ways. Creatives are notoriously vulnerable to swings of uncertainty about their abilities and talent. What makes one really good is also a gotcha. Human nature at work.

@Lydia - thank you for stopping by and for the kind words. Being both writer and editor makes me live in the worst of both worlds and the best at the same time.

@Tony - why maturity helps. I also found this to resonate in my own experience "just because a project or building a business relationship seems difficult and arduous doesn't mean we made bad choices, or we're doing something to screw things up. It's hard because it's supposed to be." Here's to your 2011, then.

Bravo Valeria! This post reveals exactly why your blog is destination learning.

This quote speaks volumes: "that every single time I've been on the verge of really doing something remarkable, I've somehow sabotaged myself."

Trusting our instincts, listening to our gut, or Using The Force was also my greatest 2010 personal learning.

For too long, I second-guessed my decisions because I didn't trust myself. And now that I understand this phenomenon, I'm going to experiment more professionally and online with the attitude of trusting my instincts and "failing well."

The courage to fail well and understand choices that work (or don't) is a great thing. 2010 taught me that just because a project or building a business relationship seems difficult and arduous doesn't mean we made bad choices, or we're doing something to screw things up. It's hard because it's supposed to be.

The pain associated with achieving something worthwhile either personally or professionally is part of the deal, and it's temporary. Accept it, work through it, and focus on what's relevant now.

Trust your abilities to navigate through that period. You will come out on the other side with the outcome you wanted.

It took me 44 years to figure that out. With that knowledge in hand, I look forward to 2011 with great excitement.

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