This week I ran across a quote on my Facebook newsfeed that really struck a chord with me. Here is the quote:
How many times have you said, “Let’s be realistic” or had someone tell you to be “realistic”? Perhaps this happened when you were sharing your aspirations and goals or a really creative idea.
So why did this quote strike a nerve for me? The past few weeks I’ve been thinking about how I’m showing up in my life. While I’ve been brave in some aspects, for the most part, I’ve been playing it safe. Take a moment to think where you’ve been playing it safe. Is safe going to get you the results you want? Is safe going to move you closer to your goals? Those are the questions I asked myself. To me, coming from the realistic viewpoint leads to, you guessed it, safe.
When we stay in a constant “realistic” viewpoint, we aren’t allowing ourselves to dream.
It’s time to dream of how we want each area of our life to be, dream of how our perfect day would look, dream of our perfect job, dream of our ideal vacation, etc. When we don’t allow ourselves that time to dream, we get stuck in the in’s and out’s, we settle for mediocre. Let’s take a look at the definition of mediocre, mediocre means: of only moderate quality; not very good. Nope, not for me and not for you! You deserve an AMAZING quality of life and it’s not okay to settle.
Shoot for Extraordinary Not Mediocre.
Writing this post made me think of a book I read, Playing Big by Tara Mohr. Here is a quote from the book that goes along with this.
- Make time to dream. Find some quiet time to imagine how you want all areas of your life to look or better yet, write it down. Nothing is off limits or to audacious.
- Remove, “Let’s be realistic” from your vocabulary. If the Wright brothers were being “realistic” we wouldn’t have aircraft.
- When you come up with ideas or before taking action, ask yourself, “Am I playing it safe?”. If the answer is yes, course correct, BE BOLD!