Why Are You Playing Small? You Know What You Want.

There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
— Nelson Mandela
You know what you want.

Why Are You Playing Small? You Know What You Want

Being a freelancer taught me to stop playing small. Achieving perfection is not a real thing. Nor is it something we should aspire to. It slows us down, or worse, paralyzes our ability to stand out.

Your living depends on what you get out the door, whether it's a product or service. You're a creator. You make things. Your work matters.

You have no idea how your offering will be received. The unknown outcome has us draw our own conclusions. If history is any kind of indicator, often the conclusions we cling to for dear life are based on limiting beliefs, along with our own interpretations or strongly-held assumptions. They blind us from any hope of experiencing a valuable perspective change.

The Earth was flat, now it's not. For thousands of years, ship travel kept to areas mapped out. No one dared venture further. The fear of falling into the abyss was a real thing. Now, it's pretty much just Shaq and your crazy Uncle Ted who still feel this is a legitimate threat.

Do you avoid risk at every junction for fear of failure and embarrassment? Because of Coaching, I realize that my relationship with risk has a lot to do with the story I tell myself – and the realization that I have the capacity and the responsibility to change how this story is told.

I'm guessing that whatever you're holding onto doesn't carry the possibility of falling off the end of the Earth.

What changed when we no longer believed the world was flat? Everything. We crisscrossed every square inch of the earth. We learned that not everyone believed what we believe.

Was the world in fact ever flat? Of course not, but the belief was enough to scare the bejesus out of you. That's the problem of living from an "I already know that" mindset. You lack the hindsight to realize you're probably wrong.

What's keeping you playing small? You know what you want. Money, time, and magic beans, you don't have any of them. So what are you doing about it?

People don't fail because they have a lack of resources. People fail because they lack resourcefulness.

Are you going to keep believing the Earth is flat or are you feeling the itch for a new adventure?

Former professional football player Trent Shelton reminds you to never silence your voice even in the face of those who don't understand you. Why? Because greatness is often misunderstood.