A new theme in our office lately is how to stop playing small in a world that can be challenging for women to feel comfortable playing big. Having this as a consistent discussion around colleagues has led to it taking up more space in my mind, and it is just what I needed to challenge myself to take some steps towards getting outside my comfort zone and reigning in on confidence in areas where staying quiet has been the easier choice.
For me, playing big means being bold. And being bold means being uncomfortable, at least for a little bit.
- Steps towards boldness start with acknowledging what strengths you have that you are not utilizing for good.
- Being bold can be a one-time act of courage, like standing up to someone in the wrong, or a long-term change of routine to better yourself and those around you.
- It can feel nerve-racking, exhilarating, and a little scary at first, but it stems from the awareness of your strength as an individual and knowing that you want to do something to make a statement, create change, and feel good about it.
I share this visual as a simple reminder of what can happen when you play big and are bold. While uncomfortable at first, it is always worth it to be true to yourself and push past your comfort levels.