"Dare to be the best you can. At all times, dare to be." Whew! This is a big one for a lot of us isn't it? Why is that??
Many of us walk through life playing it safe and playing small. As human beings we like homeostasis so it makes sense that we strive for a nice, tidy balance to our lives. That balance keeps us from straying one way too far or being off kilter to the point of being unable to right the ship. HOWEVER, that effort to maintain a consistent, comfortable balance also causes us to fall in to ruts which cause us to end up walking around like automatons! Blech. Who truly wants that?
Western society has convinced us that we must fit in to "tiny little boxes" in order to be liked, valued, admired, comfortable, and secure. How many times do you hear people say they make a "comfortable living?" As long as the person fills truly fulfilled while they make that "comfortable living," then hooray! That is definitely a positive thing. But...what about all of those people who say they make that "comfortable living" and are stifled in their growth, feel tied down, and are just plain bored with life? How comfortable is "comfortable" and how much is comfortable worth?
There are all sorts of reasons why people settle in to a life that feels comfortable all while walking around bored and seeking escape. One is homeostasis like I mentioned above. Other reasons can be internal tapes they have adopted over the years from parents or guardians, authority figures, and society as a whole. Being an over achiever, workaholic, and the like can also contribute to imbalances in work, family, and personal life. The reason certainly matters if you want to shed the weight of the status quo and "dare to be the BEST you can."
Why does it even matter you ask?
Because it's YOU that we are talking about and the real question is...ready for it? HOW MUCH ARE YOU WORTH??How much is your life worth? How much is your happiness worth? How much does the world deserve the very best you that you can offer?
Religion of all kinds tell us where we might go, or not go, after this life. No matter what you believe, or don't believe in, spiritually, the very fact of the matter is that you have THIS life, right here, right now.
Every day you wake up you have the chance to shed the idea that you must play it safe and play small.
Every day you wake up with every opportunity to make the mental shift so that you CAN dare to be the best version of yourself that you can.
Every day you wake up with the knowledge that you are going to break the chains of the status quo, stretch your arms and legs, and put together an action plan to help you make movements towards a more fulfilling life.
Whether it is a career change, going back to school, volunteering with a community or for a cause you are passionate about, taking enrichment classes/lessons at your local community college or community center, etc. you will do whatever it takes to shed the weight of complacency and begin being your best self. You deserve that. You will benefit from it. Your family and friends will benefit from it. You will perform at work better. You will better your community. Everybody wins when you decide you are going to "dare to be the best you can" and "at all times, dare to be."
So let's discuss reasons and solutions in the comments below. Tell me what your reasons are for playing small and tell me what steps you are going to take to step it up and start playing BIG.
If you need assistance getting to the root of your complacency or whatever it is that is causing you to live small, please message or call me so that we can talk about it. Life is too short to be small in this world and the world needs you to show up big. You got this and I believe you can do it!
For now, I leave you with Malvina Reynolds important message. Have a fabulous weekend!
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Here I want to share more about me personally. My husband and I have known each other since 1995 and were married in 2000. We have two teenaged sons and one Australian Cattledog/Bull Terrier whom we rescued in 2016.
Our life is just like everyone else's; full of joy, frustrations, laughter, and tears. We embrace it all with ease and sometimes without it. It's what we do. We live. We enjoy. We learn and at the end of the day, we are together and alive and that's what matters the most.