I hope you continue to make an investment in your peace of mind by using the exercise I shared with you last week. It’s one of the best I know. I use it all the time. Remember, just like insurance, you have to invest in developing a state of calm so it’s there when you need it.

Life often requires that we come home to ourselves, to be grounded, still, to hunker down and recharge for the other times that life requires we be out in the world making a difference. We need both.

A new year is approaching. That always gets me thinking about the big stuff. A new year is a do-over. A fresh start. A clean slate. New goals and new enthusiasm to achieve them. New hope. New potential. So today let’s talk about creating your BIG life so you can make your difference in the world.

What does it mean to live a big life?

  • What do you have, if you have one?
  • What does it feel like?
  • How do you get one?
  • Would you want one?

A big life is unconventional, out of the box, out of boredom, on the edge of fear and into freedom. We say we want it, but do we even when it turns around and scares the bejeebers out of us?  The Comfort Zone is so…well….comfortable. And outside of it is so….well…. not.

A big life is a full life….a well-fed life. Not a skinny, scrawny, malnourished, limping along kind of life.  It creates abundance through gratitude for what is on the plate—today.  And after today’s meal, miraculously … tomorrow…. there is more, and we partake fully.

A big life says Yes. A lot. When life brings us opportunity we say yes immediately before we can succumb to thoughts like, “I’m not good enough.” “I don’t know how.”  “What if I make a fool of myself?”

A big life is a roller coaster ride—that scared exhilarated feeling of both fearing and loving being out of control. Adventure = unknown. Unknown is edgy. AND for the sake of our big life, we say Yes. Even to the mundane adventures of not knowing how we will pay the rent. Hmmmm. Where’s that out of the box solution?

So then, a big life thinks—and acts—outside the box. The box IS the comfort zone and as they say, everything we want it just outside it. We can wear circles in the carpet of our comfort zone chasing our tails inside (I’ve done it far too much) but nothing changes until we feel the edge of the scary stuff. That’s how we know we’re getting it.