You’re not here to play small
Be wise and adult enough to read past the (softened) cuss word to the point of this quote…
You’re here to be you.
You’re here to bring what you bring without a dimmer switch.
Like I always say; people can buy shades and sit quietly in a back row if they can’t handle your brilliance.
Don’t dim your light, volume, passion, knowing or purpose for anyone.
If things get tough, be tougher…
If folk want to mould you into mild, walk away and rise and rise and rise.
You’re not here to play small.
Small does the world a disservice.
Live in all your bones,
live out loud,
own your life.
We need your light like we need the sun.
You’re an essential part of life.
Nobody is a nobody.
YOU ARE someone.
Someone who’s meant to be here.
Someone who makes a difference.
Someone who’s allowed.
You are enough.
I’m so glad you’re here.
Forward we go,
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This world needs your light.
What are you going to do with all that dark?
Find a way to glow in it…
Because that’s what you do in the dark, you find the light…
you find the smallest speck and you grow it…
and then you exude that light,
and then you shine it everywhere so that others can find the light inside themselves,
and realise their fierce right to own it.
Anyone who wants to complain can wear shades in the back row.
Whoever wants you to play small, is too small for you.
This world needs your light.
Live out loud.
Learn to read them
Emotions and feelings are guideposts, important messengers.
They’re really the answers within you, every time.
They’re a built in compass that save you enormous time, money, effort and energy.
Many people try to avoid uncomfortable feelings like the plague.
They want them to go away or be ‘fixed’ but the truth is…
emotions are there for a powerful reason, and their enormous worth and value are all too often overlooked.
It’s like turning down a valuable gift that you really need…
all because you don’t like the packaging.
But the quicker you get the packaging off, the quicker you uncover the gifts and are able to use them.
When you lean into the feeling instead, and listen to it,
you become more empowered,
Because you find out exactly what’s going on.
Emotions will tell you where you’re depleted or weakened,
and what needs changing.
They’ll tell you if a boundary of yours has been compromised,
and what steps and decisions you need to make.
The additional bonus is you get to know yourself in ways you never knew before.
This leads to greater empowerment, clarity and groundedness.
It makes you much less likely to be tripped up and waylaid by someone else’s ideas of what you need.
It gets you in tune with your own inner compass.
It gets you moving from stuck… to momentum.
Pay attention to your feelings and lean in…
You WERE born with a compass,
and your emotions are a big part of the instructions.
Learn to read them.
Own your life.
Don’t stay in one repeat episode
These moments are your life…
Live them in new ways…
Climb out the other side of the bed each morning.
Don’t reach for your phone right away, let your soul come back all the way first.
Notice small things, kneel in the garden, the park, watch the tiny worlds living amongst the grass.
Remember how your heart beats for you each day, take deep breaths in return.
Work in a different room or corner of your home.
If you don’t work or you work for someone else, carry a stone or scrap of paper in your pocket with something valuable written on it.
It can be a quote,
Remember your world is bigger than 4 walls and it calls to you.
Love the miracle of being here, alive, playing yourself for a short time on this magnificent stage.
Love your character.
Write it new lines.
Remember to let it laugh, weep, dance, fall down, get up, love.
Think outside the old lines.
Don’t stay in one repeat episode.
This day isn’t a rehearsal for something ‘better’ up ahead.
Walk into new rooms, make new chapters.
Own your moments, your life is made of these.
Our time here is brief.
Live it wild, w i d e, open and deep.
You are enough, you do enough
Take time for silence, reflection, pondering, emptying, space, stillness.
You don’t have to justify your value with constant productivity.
You are enough, you do enough.
Breathing and rising each day is a gift, take time to lean into that.
And take time off grid whenever you need.
Your wellbeing is crucial…
And answers often find us in those quiet, intimate corners of our lives.
Never give in, look back or give away what you truly believe in…
If someone called your child ugly, a waste of time or hopeless, would you feel embarrassed and walk away and abandon them?
Don’t treat your brain ‘babies’ any less precious…
Don’t believe the illusion of knock backs, rejections or other peoples opinions.
They’re not a sign for you to give up on what you believe in…
It doesn’t matter what others think.
It matters that YOU believe in your dreams and you protect them, help them grow and take their place in the world.
Whenever negative feedback is sent your way, grab the energy from it and transmute it into fierce fuel for your goal.
Never give in, look back or give away what you truly believe in.
Firewood is awesome and that’s what adversity is.
Make sure you burn that sweet load into fuel.
It’s not here to be carried.
It’s yours to pyromaniac.
Remember that and fierce forward!
Dr Lynika Cruz
Playing small offers no favour to this world
Those who work hard and invest in themselves do so to stay in the world stronger and longer for the people they love, and for all those they will inspire and encourage as a result.
Playing small offers no favour to this world.
Do not quit or be guilted about self-investment.
This is your LIFE and legacy at stake and nobody has the right to throw opinionated rocks at you, nor distract you with fear-soaked ‘cotton wool’ limits.
If you’re operating from reason and integrity then you must play all out for yourself.
It’s the only way to authentically reach the platform where you can go all out for others.
The more you make of yourself the more you genuinely have to offer.
“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.”
― Michael Jordan
Great minds think alike, so rise up like Baruch, Michael and I, and countless others who have held fierce to their life, and don’t EVER allow yourself to be shamed out of creating your greatest self, your legacy.
You were born for this.
Let Joy Come At You
If you want to feel joy come at you, make sure you notice and appreciate what massive blessings already surround you.
Even if things are rough right now and you feel you’re coming up short on your list of gratitude, try these for starters…
Clean drinking water
Garbage picked up every single week, outside your house
Freedom, education, rights
Breathing without a machine
Things so often taken for granted yet even without one of the above, your life would change, rapidly.
The more blessings you notice, the more you fill with gratitude.
Fill your thank tank today and let joy come at you like the bright beast it is.
So don’t beat yourself up when you’re going through some of the less enjoyable bits…
Life is a medley.
No matter what you do there will be easier and not so easier times.
What matters is that you back yourself.
24/7 you have your human self to care for.
Treat that being with integrity and respect.
Your self care impacts the whole world for the greater good.
It makes you a whole being who by proxy gives permission and inspiration for others to do the same.
Take care of yourself and shine on my friend
Don’t dim your power for anyone
Power shot for you my friend…
Last week I quoted Ronda while speaking to a brilliant audience (at Aaron Sansoni’s Entrepreneurs Summit) with Netflix Co-founder Mark Randolph
So to YOU my wise friend, today (or any day) should you encounter someone who wants you to shrink to please them (or to fit a so called status quo)… breathe in deep and take up all that rightful, valuable space in yourself.
Never back down on backing and investing in yourself. You were born to be you. Don’t dim your power for anyone…
Authenticity, self-respect, bravery, permission to be ALL that you are… the world not only needs that stuff like insulin…
There are also others watching you, who by proxy will learn that it’s invaluable, imperative and necessary to back who they are without shame, without shrinkage or dissolution.
Go out there and live ALL that you are…
Makes me so darn proud and overjoyed when I see someone take up space and OWN their life.
Go, you good thing, GO live out loud.
I’m cheering you fierce from the sidelines, I believe in you, make sure YOU believe in you and don’t back down…
If your light is too bright, others can be warmed and inspired by it or buy shades and sit respectfully in a back row.
Shine on my friend!