I recently enjoyed the privilege of meeting an incredible gentleman who just happened to engage me in a long and very deep conversation about life, purpose and destiny. He is currently living his amazing dream as an Naturopathic Doctor. He is 70 years old, working more than he ever has but having more fun than he's ever known. We were conversing about finding purpose and passion for life reminiscing about old neighborhood as we were both from New York City. What we both touched on is that how the people from our past who we still casually connect with like to point out that they “know us” and sometimes comment, “that's not you,” “I know who you are,” “Who are you trying to fool,” regarding the mission we are on and the difference we are trying to make. They attempt to drag us back into the rabbit hole we emerged from because they are too comfortable or too afraid to climb out themselves. We discussed how owning our purpose meant that we looked life in the face, embraced and crossed many bridges of fear, grown from failures, accepted having haters because they make us stronger, used adversity to strengthen our resolve and to be tenacious in the pursuit of destiny!
Nelson Mandela said, “There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
Go big or go home. Playing big requires courage! It requires us to get out of our comfort zone! Too many people allow their dream to die because they either get too comfortable with average or paralyzed by fear, instead of using their fear as a fuel to help them out of the rut. After all, “The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions,” as Ellen Glasgow states. When we play small we allow our purpose inside of us to stagnate, we deprive those around us from the valuable insights and truths that can help them grow through life. We have the power to be positive influencers by getting out of our comfort zone and playing big! Be a river through which positive growth happens, not a pond where dreams die and stagnate.
Life is a journey. We can choose to grow by what we learn from life. It's your choice. Evolve and optimize yourself, don't settle for average. Be brave enough to believe you are meant for more excellence even if others around you choose not to grow with you and may even scoff. It takes action and courage to walk the road less taken. Do it and your path will emerge once you begin walking on it.