Daring to play it big

When I discoveredthat the topic title of our blog hop of this month is “Daring to play it big”, Iwas a little bit uncomfortable, as I did not know what to write about such atopic since I was not a risk-taker; I am used to playing it safe. I asked forclarification from my best friend who proofreads my posts every week and sheexplained that it means daring to follow your dreams and having a vision aboutwhat you want to do and despite of the challenges that you know you may face, youstill go after your dreams. The sky is your limit! What a challenging topic forsomeone who has never been a dreamer or a risk-taker. But, still I love it; itinspires me to dream big dreams and work to go higher and higher.
I started tothink what dreams I one day had and the risks I took to reach them, and whatchallenging dreams I have now but still believe I can do it. It took me hoursto find answers for these two questions. To answer the first question, I foundthat I did take risks, three years ago, when I invested a big sum of money tojoin the International Coach Academy to study coaching. Although I wasn’t sure whetheror not I was able to commit to this study till the end, whether or not I willbe able to complete the requirements successfully,  whether  or not I will find it interesting, or whetheror not  it will allow me to make thechange I desired to my life; I took the risk, nevertheless. I joined ICA with adream of making a change to my life, to find happiness and satisfaction andlearn to live differently. At that moment, no one could assure me that byjoining ICA I would reach this goal. From my readings about coaching on thenet, I got a strong belief that this is exactly what I was seeking for a verylong time. I was always interested in listening to my friends, supporting themand I always did my best to make friends take a more positive perspective when theywere down. How happy I felt when I was able to make them smile, and how frustratedI felt when I couldn’t. The strong desire I had to learn more about coachingand the stronger belief that this is what I wanted to do didn’t give me thechance to think about asking for advice about it. I am glad I didn’t because I amsure nobody would have encouraged me to do it. After all, coaching wasn’tpopular in my community at that time. Again, I had to take a bigger risk, a yearand a half later, to be able to realize my dream. I had to leave my full-timejob to be able to fulfill my ICA requirements on time. It was a very harddecision to make, but once it was done, coaching became my biggest dream and Ihad to invest all my energy and time in it to reach my goal. I took the majordecision and I quit my job. One year later, I graduated and became a certifiedprofessional coach as I have been dreaming for three years. I never regrettedthe money I had invested; I never regretted the job and the career I had left. Onthe contrary, I am now encouraged to dream even bigger dreams.

Now with theexcitement I feel about coaching, I want to help others to experience it andmake extraordinary changes to their lives as I did. The first dream I have isto help women find happiness and satisfaction in life. From my conversationswith several women in my community I realized that they are unsatisfied andunhappy, they feel frustrated, unappreciated, unvalued and manipulated. Theyfeel guilty if they think about their happiness. They feel guilty when theydon’t give up all their needs and think only about fulfilling others needs. Eventually,bitterness and resentment become the feelings that dominate their lives. Idecided to make the happiness of these women my niche. I started to think abouta program with specific steps to follow with my clients to be able to reachhappiness. But my dream is not only to help them reach happiness andsatisfaction. I dream of getting them to radiate happiness and beauty from withinafter following their own tailored self-care program. I dream of helping themlive a life aligned with their values. I wish I could help every woman in theworld reach happiness and be her best. I wish I could help them understand thatthe world sees them the way they see themselves. I want to teach them that ifthey acknowledge, appreciate, value, love and be kind to themselves, otherswill follow suit. My dream is to support every woman to realize how amazing sheis and how beautiful she can be. First she needs to believe in herself beforeasking others to believe in her.

“Shootfor the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”  ~Les Brown~

Absolutely,dream a big dream! Even if you fail to reach it, you will reach something high.Now I believe that in reality there are no limits, we are imposing the limitson ourselves and our dreams. The only difference between someone who dreams bigdreams and realizes them and another who doesn’t, is that the first believes s/hecan and the latter doesn’t; the first works hard with persistence and the lattergives up easily;  the first never looksback but only looks and moves forward while the latter is uncertain where to go.Try once to dream a big dream for something you strongly desire and work on itvery hard, don’t give up your dream and never look back and you will see howrewarding it is and how happy, confident, proud and strong you will be. After suchan experience only the sky will be your limit.  

This post is part of a blog hop series sponsored by students and graduate Coaches of ICA. Please hop on over to their posts and see what else you can learn about ”Daring to Play BIG” 

 Jenn Alex Brockman
http://kickasswebsitecoach.com/play-big-business-purpose/ ‎

Kenetha Stanton – Chrysalis Wellness, LLC
http://www.chrysalis-wellness.com/2012/03/19/daring-to-play-big/




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6 comments on “Daring to play it big

  1. What a great story of daring to play BIG! I really love that Les Brown quote and the freedom it gives me to shoot high. Even if I don't achieve everything exactly as I set out to do it initially, I'll still get so much further ahead than I am now. As a perfectionist, this is a really freeing reminder!

  2. Once again, nice post. I enjoy so much hearing your self talk coming to live. I believe that playing big doesn't necessarily mean playing risky. You can aim big and be planned and organized. You proof by your behaviors that you don't just accept what you were given but that you wanted a better life and you went for it. Today you can say that you played big and that you are still doing it. Playing big is just wanting to live a life of personal growth and fulfillment. Success is just a perception of your own mind and heart. If you feel you are living the live you want to live then you are succeeding.

  3. Me too I like this quote so much, I read it one or two years ago and when I started writing the blog I remembered it and I immediately searched for it on the net. I believe it's so true. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and leaving me these nice words:)

  4. Thanks Nuria, your comments and encouraging words brings me a lot of confidence:).When I think about my life long years ago I realize that I was looking for coaching for long time but didn't know it existed. I wanted to find a way to understand better myself and make my life happier. I was interested in self development but didn't know where or how to start. I feel blessed that I knew about coaching and ICA to find my way and to know all of you amazing coaches who are giving me great support:). Thanks dear.

  5. Most of the times I feel so related to your stories. I studied Psychology many years ago. At the time Life Coaching was not a choice, as you said, so I tried to make my studies part of my life but never found the right fit. When I found coaching, together with myself, I realized that Coaching was exactly what my heart was looking for all these years. I appreciate every step of my life but I can certainly say that today I found my calling.

  6. Me too at a certain stage of my life I thought about studying psychology but I was working in a very demanding career (software engineering) so all I could do is to have some readings but actually it didn't help a lot and even reading about coaching didn't bring me a lot of change as working with my peer coaches did.Thanks God we found our calling and I wish I can help everyone do the same it brings a lot of satisfaction, happiness and confidence:)

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