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3 Simple Ways to Stop Playing Small and Create a Life You Love
You’d be shocked at how small I can become. Like those skilled contortionists at the circus, I've molded myself into an ideal image I thought I was expected to uphold. I knew how to play the game, keep everyone smiling, keep everyone clapping.
I tried to make everyone happy, lived for other people’s expectations, never asked questions, and avoided stirring the pot at all costs.
"Play nice. Play your part. Play it safe. Play small."
I tried so damn hard to fit into a box; a box that I willingly jumped in, I might add!
The prison of expectations and the shame for falling short was not something I could blame others for. I was the one who needed the approval. I was the one who wanted to have everything under control. I was the one playing so small…
That is until I decided to own my life, play to my strengths, and let go of the opinions of others.
If you’re unsure where to start, here are MY 3 go-to tips to get aligned + come alive:
1. Get honest + put pen to paper!
Journaling is one of the most effective ways to discover who we are, what we want, and coach ourselves through our mental blocks. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time either. Give yourself 5 minutes a day. The hardest part is just sitting down to do it!
>> If you don't already have it, snag my free journal guide to get started!
2. Find your true tribe!
Take an inventory of the people in your life. Are they supportive of your growth? Do they help you become a better you? Do they know the real you and love you for all your strengths, quirks, and weirdness? If not, it’s time to make a shift. Don’t waste any more time trying to convince people of your worthiness. Get around people who already know; they are your true tribe.
3. Take a risk.
You can’t play big if you’re committed to staying small and safe! Go to that dance class that intimidates you. Ask a new friend out to coffee. Apply for the job. Make the damn thing. Commit to your growth + healing. Just make a move, girl!
I dare you create your own ideal life; reject the role you were never meant to play and take the lead in your own life. Free yourself from the prison. Jump out of the box. Give yourself permission, I promise the only one keeping you small is you.
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