What I think is that a good life is one hero journey after another. Over and over again, you are called to the realm of adventure, you are called to new horizons. Each time, there is the same problem: do I dare? And then if you do dare, the dangers are there, and the help also, and the fulfillment or the fiasco. There's always the possibility of a fiasco. But there's also the possibility of bliss.
- Joseph Campbell
START BIG, we hear and it causes our heart to flutter with excitement. Big leaps, grand gestures. Visions of stages and handshakes and purposeful strides and posh airport terminals and legacy start to fill our minds with wonder and what else possibilities. For some, this is the only way.
But maybe for you, this happens:: “reality” sets in. All the reasons starting big will lead to failure upon failure, bankrupting our families, causing us to turn to illicit substances and of course, leading to our final days as the destitute bag lady.
And so. not much happens.
START SMALL, we hear and we breathe easier, smoother, more rhythmically. Yes. Zen-like simplicity. Morsels of meaning. THAT we can do. Sweet baby steps where no one gets hurt and dreams come alive with some planning, patience and perseverance. For some, THIS is the only way.
But maybe for you, this happens:: “reality” sets in. All the reasons starting small will take too damned long. We don’t have the decades available to us to pull it off in that way. We need to get there NOW.
And so, not much happens.
In either case, we know that when “not much happens” we really can’t fail. But it also means we really can’t win.
I think you want to win.
And by “win”, I mean living your life as though it were actually the gift you’ve been given.
I want you to win. We want you to win.
You’ll never plan for every eventuality (where’s the fun in that?) nor can you foresee the magic that will rain down upon you (ditto). You’ll never be 100% ready. You’ll never know it all. You’ll never have all the answers.
But I know you have just enough to get started. Do you dare?
And over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be speaking with Stars Tara Gentile, Kate Northrup and Danielle LaPorte about all manners of star-stepping goodness. Check that out here. (Over 600 people have already listened to my conversation with Kate Swoboda about “The Courage to Decide to Strive”. Rich and generative stuff. Watch it here.)