Do you ever feel like you are playing life small and not giving yourself enough credit for your greatness?
You are not on this planet at this moment to hide from the world.
It took me a long time to learn that lesson.
In his book “Go For The Big,” Michael Botts shows us how we can do better.
Don’t Be Selfish
What does the word selfish mean?
Selfish is defined as lacking concern for others.
Michael Botts says that playing life small is selfish.
When you play life small, you are not serving anyone else. You are simply focusing on me, myself, and I. Playing small means you could be worried about rejection, being uncomfortable, or failure. In any case, your focus is on yourself.
By letting your light shine, you can illuminate the path for others. You are on this planet for a reason. There are people out there that only you can help.
By letting your light shine, it gives permission to everyone else to let their light shine as well. Please think of the people you are meant to inspire; they are in darkness and lost until you decide to stop playing it small.
Learn From Failure
Michael Botts is a huge fan of learning from failure. He says that by pursuing failure, success will chase you down.
The more I think about that concept, the more I can see how true it is.
Going after as many opportunities as possible not only brings me education but also brings me closer to my goals.
In short, you learn more from failure than success, but success is always getting closer.
Remember, even when you experience failure, it doesn’t mean you are a failure. When you “Go For The Big,” failure is just a step in getting you closer to your success.
Failing is an opportunity to try again.
Overcome Negative Self-talk
Negative internal dialogue comes in many forms and is always rooted in the same question: “Am I enough?”
Negative internal dialogue also helps us come up with justifications for playing it small. Saying things like “it’s not fair“ and “it’s not my fault“ are examples of excuses to avoid going for the big.
Michael Botts suggests flipping that negative dialogue to:
“That’s right. It’s not fair. I AM ENOUGH.”
He also takes it a step further and says that every hour of the day, we should speak out loud what we are grateful for, followed by the words “I am enough.”
That suggestion has been so influential in my life.
Going for the big means making progress and breaking through to the next level from where you are now.
Just keep going; it’s the journey that matters.
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