You can be & are far more than you’ve ever dared to dream. Sometimes we dream so small we may as well not dream at all. Why? We don’t want to scare ourselves. Or be disappointed. So we play it small to shield ourselves from the Well of Very Bad Things that we just KNOW is going to swallow us whole. Now this isn’t something that happens only among “everyday” folk, the “great” among us do likewise. It only seems like they don’t because small for them is a whole lot bigger than what the rest of us dream.
Think of it: playing small is doing anything less than the greatest you’re capable of no matter where you are. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. So if the gardener next door really wants to design things on the scale of the grand parks of the French aristocracy & decides to only design corporate campuses because “that’s practical” she’s playing it small. It’d be as if Oprah wanted to have her own network but decided to shoot for being a cohost on someone else’s show instead. Think of all the good stuff we’d have missed had she done that. Think of all the people she currently helps that wouldn’t be helped now if she took that route. Think of all the great stuff we’d still be missing out on had she sold herself short. There may be other things she’s holding out on us with, but this is just an example. What are you holding out with? How big are you willing to allow yourself to be? The only limits are those you impose on yourself.
What do you really want to do with your life? Not the namby-pamby soda cracker dream you limply hold up every time someone asks but the real dream behind the dream? The one you tell yourself you “can’t possibly have” so you substitute with that sham thing? As the well worn question asks, what would you do (or who would you be) if money were no object & you could do or be ANYTHING??? Take that answer, hold it in your mind, feel what it’s like to do or be that thing & do what comes next. Saying “Forget it. It’ll never happen,” is not the what-comes-next I’m talking about. Commit to it. Treat it like your beloved. See it for the unfathomable beauty it is, cater to its every whim. Feed it cupcakes for breakfast, peel grapes for it & feed it with your fingers, carry it around like royalty. THAT kind of what comes next. At the very least say “hi!” What comes afterwards? Only you know for sure. It’ll whisper something to you. It may even scream it at you & smack you upside the head. That’s okay. Whatever it says, look for that next step. It’s telling you how to reach it but you’ve got to listen, pay attention, keep your focus & move in its direction. The “how” of it is none of your business.