The world doesn’t need more people playing small. It’s time to stop hiding out and start stepping out. It’s time to stop needing and start leading. It’s time to start sharing your gifts instead of hoarding them or pretending they don’t exist. It’s time you started playing the game of life in a “big” way. Here’s how.
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I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the phrase “Go big or Go home.” As I was thinking about out topic today of living life large, this phrase popped into my head.
Here is the origin from the originator: “The real origin of ‘Go big or Go Home’ was as a product slogan for a motorcycle exhaust system. In the early 1990’s there was a company in Southern California that was a distributor for motorcycle parts and accessories. They started making over-sized (2” diameter) pipes for Harley’s. They were called “Porker Pipes”. As one of my jobs at the company I designed the product packaging. The slogan almost ended up as “Go Big or Go Slow” but that just didn’t work. Go Big or Go Home came across with more attitude. Everyone from the company owner on down asked the same question, “What does it mean?”. My reply was, “It didn’t mean anything”. It was just another packaging slogan for just another product. Little did I realize then, how popular it would become. My total commission for the packaging artwork (including the slogan) was $50.”
Another phrase is “YOLO”: you only live once.
The problem with both of these approaches to life is that they focus only on the now. I used to work with high school and college students and those who adopted this kind of living usually ended up happy for about 20 minutes and then had a lifetime of regret.
“A life lived without borders is a life lived in captivity.” Some of you may recoil at that because isn’t the essence of life total freedom … doing whatever you want. Yeah, that’s okay, but a better way to live is living life large.
So let me explain what that means, if it isn’t about no boundaries…
John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly OR to the full.”
People get hung up on this verse saying that God wants you to be financially wealthy. Maybe for some – but to do good work. But that’s a limited view of what Jesus is saying. There is so much more to life than the accumulation of money, cabins, cars and bling.
How many people who have tons are constantly looking for more?
Don’t get me wrong. Stuff is okay. My wife and I have been very blessed by the life we’ve created and worked hard for but it isn’t what makes life good.
Yet, living life large is a mindset more than it is a strategy. The happiest people and the most fulfilled people are people who have a positive view of their life and others in their life. They feel content but constantly challenge themselves to new things. They may have tons of money or very little but they pay their bills and have what they need.
The LARGE part comes in when you are at a point of impacting others by adding value to their lives. You should listen to the sermon series called “Happy” by Andy Stanley (see link below)
John Maxwell among others says that a persons goal should be to live outside themselves in a way that adds value to others lives.
The world doesn’t need more people playing small. It’s time to stop hiding out and start stepping out. It’s time to stop needing and start leading. It’s time to start sharing your gifts instead of hoarding them or pretending they don’t exist. It’s time you started playing the game of life in a “big” way.
So here’s a first step for you.
Ask one question, “What is holding you back from living life large?” What obstacle is in the way?
- Audible – Over 100K audio books on demand.
- Dan Miller at 48 days – Great advice of finding work that you love!
- Hardwired Survey – A work-style survey to help you identify passion.
- “Happy” series – A great message series by Andy Stanley.
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