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Brilliant Women, It's Time to Leap

09/25/2012 04:43 pm ET | Updated Nov 25, 2012

Today I want to share with you a concept I teach in my Playing Big leadership program for women.

A while back I started to notice a particular kind of pathology in myself and in the women around me.

We were

over-preparing,

over-researching,

over-analyzing and

waiting waiting waiting

before

sharing our ideas & launching our projects.

When I listened to these women talk about their waiting, and when I listened to the internal monologue about my own waiting, I heard fear.

Fear of not being ready.

Fear of the work not being good enough.

Fear of one's very self not being good enough.

If you look very deep underneath your impulse to wait, to prepare more, to hold back -- you'll find the belief that by sharing your voice freely, without planning or control, you could "make a fool of yourself." You could be met with painful criticism. Judgement. A lack of love.

That's true. You could. And I'm sure in the past you have.

But honey, there was nothing wrong with you or what you had to say. The problem was out there in the culture -- a culture which remains blind to the gifts that each human being has to share, a culture that has made up stories about our not-enoughness, a culture which judges people who then pass on that painful judgement to others.

We've got so much to unlearn. We've got so much to reinvent.

This video is about leaping -- the antidote to the waiting. Leaping is a very specific kind of action, defined by four qualities outlined in the video.

If we are going to help bring the world out of the mess it is in, brilliant women (that means you) need to leap.

Watch below.

Tara Sophia Mohr is an expert on women's wellbeing and leadership. A coach, writer and teacher, she is the creator of the global Playing Big leadership program for women. Visit here to get Tara's free guide, the 10 Rules for Brilliant Women Workbook.