What is Playing Small?
Perhaps you have never even thought about this term playing small. So what is playing small? Playing small to me is like having wings and not using them to fly! If you can change this one little habit of playing small in your life, and in your business, I guarantee you will reap some huge rewards.
Playing small is a bit like just staying in your comfort zone. You don’t ruffle any feathers, you don’t attract any negative publicity and you don’t do anything that you feel others may view as inappropriate, Heaven forbid. In other words, playing small is often about fear of what others may think.
Playing small is also about thinking small. Many set their goals low. I just want to make $500 a month. They set a small goal thinking it will be easier to reach. By doing this they place limits on themselves. Do we really have limits? If we lifted them, what would happen? If you had no limits, where could you go?
I did this. My first goal was to just make $500 a month. Gosh it took me forever to get there. Like a year. My goal told my brain that small was all I had to do. So I performed small. I didn’t know better at the time. I didn’t realize that by playing small I was asking so little of life when life is so big and has so much to give.
I lifted that limit I put on myself. I decided that there really aren’t any limits on what I can accomplish. Funny thing happened. Within 30 days, I had my first $500 dollar day. Wow, and I was settling for a $500 dollar month.
Playing small doesn’t do you any favors. I mean do you not think what you have to share with the world has any value? If you have information that has helped you on this journey in life, surely it could help others and you won’t get it out there by playing small.
What is Playing Small Example:
I can give you a recent example of how I caught myself playing small. I have a facebook friend that has contacted me on numerous occasions to help him with his website. I have emailed, talked on the phone and skyped with him offering suggestions and help. Why did I do this? I have a online marketing course that would give him all the help he needs. Why did I second guess myself? Why not just say my time is valuable, so you can pay the $77 like all the rest and learn it for yourself.
I will tell you why. Because for a brief moment, I thought he was better than I. I didn’t want to rock the boat so to speak. I wanted to remain on his good side. We run int the same circles and I didn’t want him to retaliate. How nuts when I think about it. It didn’t do me any favors and it sure didn’t help him. I think he is still struggling with how to get found in Google. I cheated myself out of my time and money all for the sake of what some virtual stranger might think of me. What crap!
Signs That You are Playing Small in Business:
- No One Knows What You Do
- Being Told No or Criticism Kills You
- You Only Give and Rarely Receive
- You Hold Back In Fear of What Others Will Say or Think
- Sharing Your Success and Accomplishments Feels Wrong to You
- You Hate Asking For Help
Why You Must Stop Playing Small!
Playing small doesn’t serve you. It’s actually very selfish to not share your gifts in this world. We were all created for greatness! By playing small, you hoard your talents and knowledge all for the safety of your own comfort. Step out of that comfort zone and take that risk. Will it be painless? Probably not, but the rewards will far outweigh the pain. The pain never lasts, but your impact on others lasts forever.
Playing small is self sabotage at it’s finest. We feel we are doing the right thing by being humble and I do believe in humility. Humility has it’s place but it’s place is not at the expense of the great things I can accomplish. If you want to know how to succeed in this affiliate marketing business or any business, you must stop playing small and step into your greatness.
Had I continued to play small, you would not be reading this and I would not have my awesome Pajama Affiliate home study course. I would still be stuck thinking I was not good enough and that others would find fault with our many courses. Step out of your comfort zone and stop playing small.