Girl, quit playing small. Those words have been on repeat in my mind for the last two weeks. Some people say quit playing yourself cheap. Whichever one you use, it means stop minimizing who you are, what you know and what you do. BOOM! So there it is; all out in the open.
Have you ever been told that you don't take advantage of all that you are? All of the wonderful personality traits, all of the knowledge, all of the gifts, talents and skills that you possess? If so then you are in a group with a lot of other women. For some reason most of us have an issue with playing it big. Instead we stay safe. We only share enough. Just enough. Do a little. WHY? I asked a few women and here are some of the responses I got. "I don't want people to think I am bragging" " I don't want people to think I am showing off" "I don't want people to think I am lying" "It's not really anything. It's just what I do" "It's nothing really" "It's easy. It's really nothing" "Anybody could do it" The list goes on and on.
I was also in that group. I should probably have been the Leader. At the head of the class. And I have used most of those excuses. Because that is exactly what they are. Excuses. and we use them when we need to for various reasons. I don't know yours. But I do know mine.
I was afraid.I didn't want people to think I was bragging. I thought I might need a little more work on it. I didn't think what i did was all that incredible. It was just me. I didn't want to hear any judgments or comments from people. I didn't want to toot my own horn. You know because you have done it too.
I thought I was really over that phase until a couple of weeks ago. I was asked to do several online webinars for an organization. They also needed my bio and resume. Easy peasy right? I sent them both over. Well the person who received them happens to know me quite well. She asked me what in the world was that mess I had sent her? She said that it did not cover anything of substance. None of the skills, gifts and talents, let along trainings, and education that I have. She then started naming off things that I had done and I laughed. "Hey, I had forgotten about that" I said several times. She said, "Girl you have invested a lot of money in your education. You continue to keep up to date with trainings. That is what should be on your bio and resume. I'm going to put what you sent me aside and you redo it" I laughed but I took what she said to heart. Why was I content to play it small? When did I revert back to that girl?
Okay then later that same week as I was doing my devotion and quiet time I read this verse. Psalm 39:14 You are fearfully and wonderfully made.. And then the words dropped in my spirit. "You know enough, you are enough. Quit playing small, Quit playing small. Quit playing small. I put my book down. Talk about confirmation. I guess it's time to quit playing small.
If it is one thing I have learned during this pandemic is that things can change in an instant. But also that with changes come even bigger changes. And you have to be ready to act. That really sparked a fire under me. Stop playing small. Stop playing small. You deserve it. You are worth it. Go for it. These are the words I have on autoplay in my mind. So I am sharing this here with you this week.
Stop playing small. Stop waiting. Stop dimming your light. Stop thinking small. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Act like it.