PLAY BIGGER (Read time 0:17)
If you tell the truth, you’re probably playing too small. Don’t ask yourself, ask those around you. If you’ve really got the goods, they’ll tell you you’re very capable of playing a much bigger game. Fear keeps us in the small box—the comfort zone, where there are only limited options. Courage lifts us out of the box, where ALL possibilities exist. No less scary, just more opportunity. Be courageous, up the ante.
|Posted By Doug McKechnie|
| comment |
Your words inspire and cajole and instigate, foment and fascinate my imagination. Thanks you
|Posted By Ken Budka|
| Kick in the pants |
Thanks Michael - this is a timely reminder.
|Posted By Rachel|
| Fly to the moon... |
Thank you Micheal. I would love to..I just don't have the opportunities...I'm in the freeking bush..and big decisions are not mine to make. Surrender is a painful and beautiful love.
|Posted By Kevin MacDowell|
| Today is the day! |
Michael, thank you twice and thrice again! Your message, Play Bigger, came on the right day! A seed in fertile soil, baby! Kid Kazooey
|Posted By Terry Mullins|
| Play Bigger |
A timely word. I left Nashville 15 years ago to play music locally in Lancaster, PA and escape the Big Gane. You're right, my friends here have been telling me for years that I am capable of more and i do know it. You are also right in saying fear has kept in a small box where it is comfortable with less opportunities. I am 51 now and i need bigger opportunities more than ever! For the first time in that 15 years I have a writing appointment today with a lady here in Lancaster Whois playing bigger. She found me on Facebook, lol, and wants to write locally with someone between her trips to the Guitar Town. Thanks for the ongoing encouragement Michael. Today is my first step back into playing bigger...wish me luck!
|Posted By Dylan Glanzer|
| Take Risks! |
I believe in playing a bigger game. And while you should trust what you hear from others some of the time, wehn you get that honest support for what you offer, sometimes what you hear from others is from their own place of fear. We all fear our own power and other people can be playing it small themselves and so try to keep you small too. You should trust your own instincts and look inside for that courage. As Erica Jong said "If you don't risk anything, you risk even more!"
|Posted By radfax|
| PLAY BIGGER Expanse |
Big or small it's all vibes. Give us bigger venues and we will oblige
|Posted By Kathy Miller|
| Thank you! |
Thank you, Michael! What a wonderful way to start the day!! Back to re-writing my screenplay!
|Posted By joe|
| play bigger |
after my last comment this blog expands my ideas.. yes i'm not happy being the big fish in a small pond.. I'm waiting for my chance to play with big fish when they come upstream.. it will keep me practicing diligently.. they you micahel and all you other contributors.. keep grinding :-)
|Posted By JVB|
| Slap in the face! |
I so needed to read this! I'm realizing that I need to surround myself at all times with people I aspire to be instead of wasting my time on ppl who allow me to play small so they can feel bigger. Yes, I think at this point fear has taken over. Why am I holding onto what has been? Just to not disappoint a few? It's time to shine and play big, risk a little! Got nothing to lose at this point! Thanks for the slap in the face!
|Posted By harvey sid fisher|
| up the ante; start lying? |
A quiddity to be sure, JMD; I know you are not advocating that one should be a liar but I cannot seem to read your opening sentence with the same goodness that I know you intended. "If you tell the truth, you’re probably playing too small." (which says to me that if you tell lies you can play with the big boys.) I am trying to figure out how to make it sound better. It's missing something. This is not an easy fix for me and yet, it did not seem to bother your other commenters. LOL
|Posted By Roger Cloud|
| An example of playing big |
From my perspective, playing big doesn't necessarily translate to playing huge dramatic parts. I've been struggling with a lick of George Terry's from the Clapton 461 Ocean Blvd album (1st cut, "Mainline Florida"). It appears at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BScDwj_rzNo I nearly have it, but with nowhere near the grace with which George plays it - the "bigness," if you will. Given practice...
|Posted By Barb|
| Hints |
I've even passed some of your "helpful hints" onto the membership of the Colorado Music Business Organization (COMBO). Very, very worthwhile advice.
|Posted By Ronnie Mak|
| Get it up! |
Your last two blogs have hit me right between the eyes. What a wake up call! You're right, I am playing too small. I have big plans but I allow myself to get so distracted. After reading all the comments in your last blog I'm so inspired to play bigger and never quit. Thank you soo much Michael.
|Posted By Kathryn Kerry|
| Bigger IS Better! |
Is bigger really better? We can debate that all day long, but when the final tally comes in the answer is YES!
|Posted By Jason|
| One Up! |
"Just when I thought I was playing big enough you ask me to play bigger!" Kind of like of like when you can't solve a problem, create a bigger one, and the one you were stuck on suddenly shrinks.
|Posted By Barbara|
| Ante UP! |
Yes, this resonates with me. And I am challenged to ask myself, what does it look like to play bigger? That stirs a new vision. And the ante is upped!