There's enough room for everyone to be who they are, do what they do, sell what they sell, and create what they create
Have you ever thought to yourself, Wow, if only there hadn't been Prince AND David Bowie. They're both so talented and I hate having to choose like that! But that's the way life is, I have to put my loyalties in one until the day I die and that's all there is to it.
You've never thought that, right? Why would you? The world is better off for having had two very different and yet equally expressive people in it. Both shared something that uplifted people. Both were true to who they felt themselves to be - but in totally different ways. Both created brilliant music.
There was enough room for both. More than enough. And if there hadn't been, the world would've made room because we are all in a constant state of expansion.
But somehow we get it in our heads there's not enough room. We convince ourselves that rather than making the world better by adding our unique vision, color, and stripes to it, we're actually elbowing out someone else. Our win is someone else's loss.
Or worse still, we will never win because everything is already too crowded so we should give up.
This is something I have an inner battle with all the time. I know my work is unique, and rather than seeing that as a good thing, I see it as something I should fret over. I build this inner worry in me and protect it like it's a precious flower, when in fact, it's only blocking the light and putting shadows over the things trying to grow.
There is never, ever a need to worry there aren't enough opportunities, clients, fans, resources, etc. for all of us to do what we do.
I learned to meditate from other people. No two people taught me the same thing, I took in different things from different people. So if everyone shared something important with me, then surely it's a good thing they all showed up and bravely shared their gifts, even if it appeared someone was already doing what they wanted to (and people were doing it, but not in their unique way).
There are so many people who influenced me and got me excited about what guided meditations can do for a person. Two of my favorites are Kelly Howell and Meditation Oasis (by Mary and Richard Maddux).
I have never once thought, Yikes, I just wish I hadn't found Kelly AND Meditation Oasis. Life would be so much simpler!
In fact, it's the opposite. I'm so glad I found both because both were influential in my healing and expansion. I took in a lot from them, and I then created something different and shared from my own unique perspective.
Not only is there room enough for Kelly and Meditation Oasis (and me too!), but there are plenty of people to support and enjoy both.
Oh, but what about Deepak? Did his rise take customers away from them? And what about Gabrielle Bernstein and others who make meditations? And what about people who want to be actresses, musicians, artists, business owners? How can we all make it!!??
We can because we are all in a state of flow.
Today I might buy a CD from Deepak. Tomorrow it might be from someone I've never heard of before. What we want, need and seek out is always evolving, and our growth is what allows all different types to succeed and grow with us. It's pretty amazing when you think about.
So next time you're thinking there's too much competition to do what you do, that there's too many people already doing it, it's been done, that your win is someone else's loss, just remind yourself that these are false perceptions.
A false perception would be that because Tony Robbins exists no more motivational speakers are needed. However, it doesn't matter if someone like Tony Robbins is already doing his thing on a massive scale. He's doing it his way, you'll do it your way.
He's Prince. You're David Bowie.
Or maybe there's no comparison at all. Maybe he's Friends and you're the X-Files. Or he's Avatar and you're the little indie movie that touched someone's heart at the exact moment they needed it. All different expressions are important and welcome.
Also, keep in mind he didn't start on the level he is. Young Tony could have just as easily looked around at what other people were doing, let's say Young Oprah, and thought the world just didn't need him trying to elbow his way in there.
We all know that's not true of course. The world needed him. The world needs you. The world needs me. Remind yourself of this often. Think of all the different people you've been drawn to, followed, supported and opened up to in order to help you further take it in - there's enough room for everyone to be who they are, do what they do, sell what they sell, and create what they create.
Not only is there enough room, but there is a void left when you don't do what it is your heart is calling you to do.