You are Bigger than You Think

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You are Bigger than You Think

Thankfully, this post is NOT about weight or body issues.  This is a post about the real you – the one that is at your very core.  The one that is connected to all others.  The one with infinite potential and ability to do what the ego deems impossible.  Your true authentic self.  It’s an awesome thing – this thing called YOU.  It is infinite.  It is powerful. It can change the world.

So, what do you think about that?  Does the idea of being powerful scare you, excite you, or both?  Personally, if I am being completely honest, it both scares me and excites me.  I like this combination – it fuels growth and change.

One of my favorite sayings is “A mind, once expanded by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes.    Another is “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you will be able to see farther.” – J.P.Morgan

When I think back to even a short five years ago, I didn’t envision myself where I am today.  I didn’t know what was coming and I thought I had my own basic life plan.  Looking back I realize now that I was thinking small.  I was playing safe and welcoming tasks and projects that kept me busy so that I didn’t have time to put action behind the dreams of  playing a bigger game.  I kept myself on the sidelines or at best, in the back field, and watched others make the decisions.  I wasn’t sure that I had what it took to be a game changer in the bigger arena.  I don’t regret that time, it served a purpose to me then and it serves as a reminder to me now.  It was valuable, but that was a time that I can now never return to again.  I have been expanded…and it all began with one quiet moment that brought me to a question that changed the way I live my life;  “what if you are bigger than you think you are?”

Seems like a simple enough question, but the answer wasn’t even an answer – it was a series of questions that were suddenly inescapable to me. 

  • If I am bigger than I think I am, then why am I spending my time and energy playing small? 
  • If I am capable of more, then why I am doing less? 
  • If I am powerful beyond measure, then why do I behave as if I have limitations? 
  • What would happen if I dared to step outside of my comfort zone and test my true size? 
  • What would I be responsible for if I failed? 
  • What would I responsible for if I succeeded? 
  • If I succeeded, would it change me too much?  Would I lose the parts of me that I like best, or will they grow too?
  • What is stopping me from being the kind of person that I would admire?

At that point something happened.  I realized that simply by having those thoughts, I was expanding.  I could not go back.  I could see further.  I got out of my own way and the view expanded again.  I took full responsibility for myself, my thoughts, my beliefs, my circumstance and the view expanded again.  These questions are still relevant to my growth and there are more that have joined them.  The more I know, the more there is to know.  The more I live, the more life opens up.  The bigger I allow myself to play, the smaller the world becomes and the more I am connected to it. 

Take a step forward and see how the view expands.  You don’t need to wait.  You know what you need to know and will learn more as you grow.  You are already enough and you are not as much as you are about to be.

You are bigger than you think you are

Women change the world when we embrace who and what we are and refuse to be anything less.