by: Tabitha D. James
Your playing small. Does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking. So that other people won't feel insecure around you.
-Marianne Williamson, Our Deepest Fear
You were not born to play small, you were not created to simply exist. Rather you were born with a "silver spoon" or "no spoon", you were placed here to be great and do great things. Do not allow anyone or anything to make you feel like you are not enough to win in life. Never submit to thinking that your dreams are too irrational simply because someone doesn't understand them or because you do not have it all figured out today. If you are serious about your dreams convert them into goals with actionable steps and I promise you can be successful.
Speaking of successful, lets address that this word is an adjective meaning it describes something. It is not definite, it is subjective. One may say, Tabitha you're successful because you completed college or graduate school or because I am an author or business owner. Someone else may say I'm successful because I volunteer my time to help build organizations that matter or because I authentically share my story. I may personally say, I am successful because I got up this morning and got dressed or because I finally cleaned my room. See what I am doing here, I am showing you that success can be defined in various ways. Don't allow someone else to create your definition of success, create your own! On the same wave, do not downplay your achievements, take the time to clap for your wins!
I am not going to ramble on, this entry is meant to be direct, STOP PLAYING SMALL! Set goals and go after them, focus on your personal development and do not be afraid to fail. Accept yourself flaws and all, surround yourself with folks that push you toward who you desire to be while concurrently respecting you and your boundaries. Lastly, just as I shared on my most recent IGTV video, DO IT SCARED! Even when you don't have it all figured it out . . . Stop playing small and go for it!
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