Scared To Play Big


Ever heard the phrase, “Go big or go home!” It’s a phrase that either conjures up excitement or fear. Ok, it might not even stir up anything for you. That is, if you don’t have a pulse. Given today is Halloween; we’re going to go with those words making you feel SCARED. After all, when you’re scared there’s some form of chit chat rolling around in your head that’s making you believe that a) you can’t play big, b) you shouldn’t play big, or c) playing big serves no purpose (and those are just the first three thoughts that rolled out of my head). Actually, I guess there is a fourth option, you really don’t give a damn if you play big or not. It all comes down to what you are seeking in your life.

Two days from now, I get to play big. Bigger than I’ve ever played in my life. I’m making my National TV debut as an expert in my field of coaching on the Ricki Lake Show. No, this didn’t just drop in my lap. Well kind of sorta, it did. Long story short, I did a video pitch a few months ago and they loved it, then a few weeks ago they contacted, and as they say,”Break A Leg” and “Action!”

I haven’t seen the show, nor do I know what will come from it. I truly have no expectations other than just enjoying the moment. However, what I realized through this experience is I chose to go play big and that’s what’s working for me. Doesn’t work for everyone, nor does it have to. Often, we feel the pressure to do things the same way others do things, and in those moments we lose sight of asking the question, “Do I really want to play this way, let alone play this big?” It’s kind a pause for cause question. If you don’t take the time to“pause,” then you might lose sight of the real “cause” behind your intentions.

Quite honestly, a 30-second “pause” to determine the “cause” behind your decision/direction could mean the difference between waking up feeling overwhelmed and self-assured that you made the right decision to “trick or treat” in playing the game and playing a bigger game.

[Photo: Flickr Member Victory of The People, licensed for use under Creative Commons license Attribution 2.0 Generic]

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