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Break Out of Playing Small


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?”

Marianne Williamson


There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

Nelson Mandela


Live to your fullest potential. 


When it comes to going after any goals, any dreams, playing small just won’t get you there. Easier said than done to break out of your comfort zone, take risks and trust that no matter the outcome, you’ll be just fine–but playing big could lead you to all the things you want in life. 


Playing small holds you back. It’s comfortable and safe, but also predictable and boring. If we want something that’s never happened before, we have to DO things we’ve never done before.


So how do we do that? How do we break out of playing small?


  1. Dream. Imagine the life and career you would have if you played big and took actions that align with your goals. Lean into that vision. Feel it. 
  2. Think about the one thing/action you can do that would make the biggest impact towards achieving your goals. Ie. the opposite of playing small.
  3. TRUST. Trust yourself by taking that action and believing in yourself. 


This could mean going out and networking, developing your own show, writing a script starring Y.O.U. But you’ll never know if your dreams are possible for you unless you actually take action on making them come true. 


Stand tall in your choices–whether in your craft or action–and be proud of yourself. If the outcome doesn’t result how you want it–know that you took a chance at making your dreams come true instead of waiting for them to happen. You have a higher chance now of living that dream life than you did when you just played small. 


But the decision is up to you. 


How will you break out of playing small and take charge of your career? 


As always, everyone here at Shari Shaw Studios is committed to helping you break out of playing small and give you the tools to feel confident in taking those risks. Everyone needs a support system and we are here for it! Visit to sign up for any of our classes, workshops, and intensives. See you at the studio!


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