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Do You Play Small or Play Big in Your Life?

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I’m writing an e-book (electronic book or digital book) with my business partner for a website that addresses content for women.   We both took separate chapters to write on and my chapter was on the Visionary.   The visionary is the person who is willing to push forward into the future with their dreams and make them a reality.   

I do believe that we are all visionaries, though we can easily get overwhelmed by the details that support our dreams.  The e-book is all about helping a person find a way to move their dream into a reality.

It got me thinking how challenging it is for all of us to stretch ourselves and follow through on our dreams or desires.    It takes effort and most of us like our comforts.  I’m right in there when it comes to comforts.   Yet, I’m looking for more in my life.   Comfort is tempting and my goals call me and both of them do battle for my attention.

For me, writing in my free time for this e-book, when I would prefer to read a great novel, takes discipline on my part.  Yet I have a vision in front of me what I want to offer to other women…something that was wonderful for my growth over the last 13 years. 

Each day I have to choose between my comfort and stretching myself. Being willing to go the extra mile for what I believe in, even if I’m not sure it will be successful.  The success will be in my ability to chip away, day-by-day, creating the final product in small chunks of time, and holding on to my dream – this e-book for women.

We all know when we would like to “play big” but instead choose to go the easy route and “play small.”   I saw this quote many years ago and it echoes in my mind when I am tempted to play small….and let me tell you that I face this quote a lot during my days. 

“I want to be all used up when I die”
George Bernard Shaw

I have compassion for myself when I “play small” and choose to let my dream slide by for the day.  Then I think of the quote above and ask myself what I want to look like when I’m ready to die. I want to be fully spent, feel very old and well used, and die with a smile on my face.  

It’s not a morbid thought to be fully spent when I die; rather a realization that today is the most important part of my life.  I want to be aware of the challenges and gifts that are offered to me, enjoy the people who journey with me and give it my best during the day. 

Yesterday is gone and our tomorrows are being formed by the choices we make today.   It’s absurd to have a goal to be fully used up when I die, but that is only half of the goal.   The other half is to live life fully which brings a smile to my face as I realize that I get to “play big” today if I so choose.

What About You?
Is there a dream, an idea or desire that you would love to pursue?   Just for today, can you start small and do something to move you forward towards what you want?  

When have you chosen to “play big” in your life?  Felt the fear and did it anyway.



“To fully enjoy the ‘richness’ of our lives, we need to stop long enough to visit with ourselves.”
(Pat Brill)


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