What does it really mean to 'play big'?
This month has been full of incredible conversations with entrepreneurs and business visionaries. Last week's post on bringing more love into your work was by far the most talked about - thank you for reading and sharing! Today we wrap up Conscious Living for Mindful Entrepreneurs month by talking about what it really means to 'play big'. Also - if you missed last week's free call I've included the recording at the end of this article - please enjoy! It was a powerful hour and I'm so grateful to each of you who showed up.
I must give credit to the term 'play big' to Tara Mohr. Her most recent book helps women, specifically, peel back what it means to play big in their lives and work. Man or woman, I highly recommend this book.
I bring this to your attention as we wrap up this mindful month because it's an excellent question. Whether you're aware of it or not, as an entrepreneur the name of the game is 'play big.' Right? What if 'Playing Big' was not at all what you thought it would be? Let me explain...
What if playing big didn't mean trying to be larger than life but actually meant answering the call?
We are called to do something big here on Earth. The call is built into your DNA and there comes a time in your life when it rings you up. It grabs your attention after which you're never the same. Let me share a little about how the call works.
It isn't always the most obvious. It might be a subtle sensation in the pit of your stomach that tells you it's time to take a leap. That leap could be a million things - quit your job, move across the country, be a parent, volunteer, even question your beliefs. Once you get the call doubt inevitably follows. And a if you're brave to turn toward this doubt you'll find faith.
Although you have faith on your side you also have fear. That fear says things like,
"Will I be taken care of?"
"What if this doesn't work out?"
If you've ever found yourself in the midst of a call you know exactly what I'm talking about. Answering your call requires faith and unwavering belief in possibility.
When I answered my call I felt like I was wandering around in the dark for months with no clear path to take me back into my comfort zone. I was patient because although I was uncertain I knew I was heading toward something greater than I could possibly imagine. And this was well worth being patient for. What I didn't know at the time was this was the biggest I had ever played in my life. All I could do was tune in and trust.
What does this have to do with Mindful Entrepreneurship? Everything. What if you're ignoring your call? What if you're working with passion but not purpose? Who we are in life is who we are in business. Spending your energy ignoring what you're called to do is an invitation to play small in your life. And you're entrepreneur to play big!
For those who know their calling - if it's got your attention and you aren't sure what comes next I want to gift you something I wish someone had shared with me. What happens after you answer your call?
Things fall into place
They may not at first and you will need to stay open and ready but things will start to find their flow. A kind of rhythm that never exhausts you. It keeps on fueling you.
Opportunities reveal themselves
Remember this - all of life is a 'do with' process meaning you still have to show up and take action. Opportunities will start to reveal themselves. So many that you will get to choose where you want to show up. You can ask for what you need and know that your need will be met if you recognize it and lean into it.
Your heart fills up
Get ready to work with so much love! Love for those you serve, love for the work you create, and love for the whole process. Don't be surprised if you wake up every morning with gratitude brimming over your heart. It can be overwhelming in the best sense of the word.
Money is abundant
I need to preface this by saying that money isn't going to fall from the sky but opportunities will. Those opportunities will lead to abundance if you allow them. If you aren't answering your call because you are worried there won't be enough money remember this: you can not live your purpose and be poor. It isn't how the universe works. You are only truly poor when you choose to ignore your calling and the work you do instead never feels like it provides enough. And you're right, it won't.
You serve your highest possible reason for being here
Period. There is no greater gift you can give the world than to answer your call.
I don't know much for sure but this I know...life is short AND full. Don't waste a moment of this precious opportunity not doing the things that light you up and help you see how incredible this place actually is.
THANK YOU for joining me for this inspired month. I've loved every word I got to write here and all the conversations that have happened as a result. Again if you missed last week's free call on Conscious Living for Mindful Entrepreneurs then listen to it here:
Download the journal prompts that accompany the call:Conscious Living for Mindful Entrepreneurs
In light and love,