It is a question that plagues all human beings at some point or another.  It is a question of particular concern as of recent years with the crashing economy, the rise of obesity, and the decline of ethical structure nation and worldwide.  Am I strong enough, smart enough, rich enough, and attractive enough? These questions, along with many more, linger at the back of our minds daily, causing us misery and doubt.

I myself have had to face such questions throughout my life.  As a kid with bad acne, bucked teeth, and mixed heritage, I was picked on constantly and I questioned my worth regularly.  In my recent adult life, after being forced out of my  business at the age of 35,  I started to doubt my own capabilities.

Mirianne Williamson, in her book entitled “A Course in Miracles” said it best-“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”  She alludes to the fact that we are often afraid or feel undeserving of greatness for some reason or another.  Perhaps it is because greatness requires responsibility.  It is easy to be less than you are capable of, and more difficult to reach and maintain your potential.

I have watched this phenomenon in fighters before when training them for fights.  I have sensed that a fighter isn’t giving me all that he has in a particular area, as if he is incapable of such a deed.  When commanded to take a higher-level wrestler down in the midst of sparring, prompted by words like “Give me one more takedown!” or “Get him to the ground and you win this round!” the fighter finds a way to get the one take down that I need.  On his own; however, he cannot find the belief to even try.

As a coach, I have found great power in such moments.  I was able to look the fighter in the eye and say, “Good! Now do it again because now both you and I know you are capable.”

 His deepest fear was not being less than he was capable.  His deepest fear was being expected to perform at the level I knew he was capable of performing.  In the fight of life, we often react the same way.

Are you enough?  Of course you are!  You are powerful beyond measure.  You just have to believe and be willing to except the responsibility of reaching for your true potential.  The road to the top, you see, is riddled with roadblocks and obstacles.  It is an upward bound path with many turns and speed limits, and if you stop, it is very easy to come rolling back the way you came.  The good news is that you are capable.  You were not put on this earth to fail.  You were meant to shine!  As you do so, you will inspire others to do the same.

Once you have decided to move forward, that you are truly “enough,” surround yourself with people who believe in you, who are better than you in your chosen path, and follow them.  They may ask you to do what you are uncomfortable of doing.  They may ask you to ‘take down that high level wrestler” that you’ve been avoiding.  When you finally do, they will tell you to “Do it again because now both you and I know you are capable.”  Will you do it again?  Will you dare to be great? Are you ENOUGH?!

The answer is YES, you ARE!