“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.” Marianne Williamson

This quote, often attributed to Nelson Mandela, interests me – because we don’t often think, as men, of being afraid of our own power, light and even brilliance. I believe there is a measure of truth here – for several reasons but one I want to emphasize. It centers on the idea of freedom. The awareness that we are free to make choices that affect our destiny and the lives of others, decisions that shape our beliefs and the kind of life we commit to, can be overwhelming. We are called to be great – in how we love, the contributions we make to the lives of others, our faith in light and God, and to ourselves. Stepping beyond this fear – of the immense responsibility and the anxiety created in trying to live out a determined, magnificent life – becomes the hallmark of a man whose courage takes him closer to his full potential – to live fully alive, to make a difference and to live powerfully beyond measure.

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About Doug and Leslie Gustafson, MFT's

As writers, speakers, therapists and coaches, our mission centers on working with men, women and couples who want a more fulfilling life by living out their true vision and passion. We have written the book Amazing Intimacy - Create A Spectacular Marriage In and Out of the Bedroom as a how to guide for love, sex and passion. Ultimately, we all have an incredible potential we have only partially discovered and fulfilled. This brief journey in life gives us the opportunity to realize and pursue this exciting potential.
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