Welcome! I am truly grateful that our paths have crossed.
Last week I received a great question from Ina. The question is…What was the motivating factor that led you to leave corporate?
Well, the short answer is this. I knew intuitively that I had a much bigger purpose.
The trouble was,I was petrified.
While at the height of a successful career in the public service, I felt an inner restlessness to do something more, to be more and to realize a much bigger mission, but I didn’t want to admit it to myself.
That inner voice of intuition kept getting louder and louder, but I wouldn’t listen or pay attention.
It took me another three years before life made me pay attention because I headed straight into burn out.
I couldn’t get out of bed for weeks.
One day while convalescing, I finally realized that if I did not make a change I would forfeit my future, my health, my happiness….and my soul would dim its light.
So, I ended my 15-year corporate career in a five-minute phone call.
Why did it take so long?
The driving force of my fear…was money.
The idea of leaving a six-figure salary behind made me question, what if I fail and can’t repeat that level of income, success and influence again?
The fear of money is also an opening to a deeper explanation.
Beneath this fear was an even deeper and hidden fear, which I tried to avoid all my life. It was the fear of shining my lightbecause if I was too good, or too successful, I wouldn’t be loved or liked.
The message in my head was “who do you think you are?”
You see throughout my childhood and youth as early as I could remember even at the age of 5 years old, I was naturally gifted at so many things. I would win all sorts of awards or recognition without trying too hard.
Every time this happened, I would either lose a friend, someone would get jealous or someone would say “who do you think you are?”.
I became so conscious of this that I tried to avoid shining my light.
These feelings eventually subsided and by the time I was a senior in high school, I began to appreciate how blessed I was. Playing small was not serving me. So, I changed my narrative.
I thought that I overcame these feelings until I was faced with the decision of leaping into the unknown, into entrepreneurship.
This time, however, I was finally able to accept that I was destined for more. I could shine my light because it is my birthright!
So, I set out to answer my life’s calling and become an entrepreneur. Now I’m having the time of my life!
Along the way, I also recognized that many women were experiencing the same emotional conflicts that I had experienced with money and needed support.
This led me to write my book, Money Manifestation & Miracleson transforming women’s relationship with money because when women are empowered with money, they become “difference makers”.
They not only transform their own lives and those of their families for the better, but they also pay forward their own successes to their communities and the world-at-large.
I shared the intimacy of my personal story in this article in the hopes that it will serve you.
IF you are not truly shining your light, then you are not fully living your purpose, your calling and your truth.
There are no coincidences. The fact that you are reading this article is because this message is for you.
Humanity is at a crossroads. We are dealing with the COVID-19 global pandemic and the injustices in the United States with the death of George Floyd.
These events are acting as catalysts for people to rise up, shine their light and make a positive difference.
It’s YOUR time to shine your light.
I leave you with the beautiful poem as a great reminder.
Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson
“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’s 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 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’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
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Meriflor Toneatto is an award-winning leadership and Positive Psychology Coach, Strategist and Entrepreneur. She has been featured in Yahoo Finance, Washington Post, Forbes, Los Angeles Times and more.
She is the CEO and founder of Power With Soul and creator of the Millionaire Difference Makers™ Path for visionary entrepreneurs.
Her book Money, Manifestation & Miracles guides women to reach financial prosperity and success while fulfilling their social promise in the world.
Meriflor helps coaches, entrepreneurs and experts turn their calling + mission into a thriving, profitable and fulfilling business that is tailored to their strengths, personality, passion + lifestyle.
To learn more, please visit www.meriflor.co