Why “Playing Big” in the World Is an Ego Trip

Are You Playing Big Enough in the World?

thoughtful ThursdayYou aren’t meeting your potential. You know that you have more to give. There’s just got to be more to life.

Disappointment. Uncertainty. Frustration. Constant companions.

Not enough.

If only I could do more, you think.

If only I could make a bigger impact. Make a bigger splash. Make a mark.

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I’m not (pretty, smart, successful, etc.) enough.

If only I could __________.

I should be more. Do more. Have more.

Who is the Insane “I”?

The ego has fooled you into believing you are not enough–that you need it to survive.  After all, who are you without the “I”?

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. 

                                                     -Marianne Williamson

The belief that you are not is simply the ego fighting for its own existence. As soon as you pull that belief into the present moment and question it, the facade begins to crack.

Byron Katie recently said, “Peace is playing big enough.”

Exercise Power Through Presence

So the next time that you find yourself faced with insecurity, doubt and frustration follow these tips for returning to peace.

1. Breathe – Awareness lies in the breath. Notice it. Sit in it.

2. Question the Thought – Every thought presented to your mind need not be believed.

3. Release Resistance – Invite gratitude in and resistance to what is begins to fade.

When you recognize the ego’s game, you realize that you have nothing to prove. You have nothing to fall short of. You have nothing to fear.

This is power.

Have You Played the Ego Game?

I’m curious. Have you felt like you weren’t measuring up to your potential? Do you struggle with feelings like there is more you should do? Do you feel like you’re not playing “big enough” in the world?

Share your thoughts and wisdom in the comments.

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  • Lori Gosselin

    Oooooh! That’s a tough question. I love the quote by Williamson. We forget who we are, or is it that we never really see that?
    Love your 3 steps for returning to peace, especially #2.

    • Thanks Lori. Step number two is from something I often hear Byron Katie say, “When I don’t question my thoughts, I suffer. When I question my thoughts, I don’t suffer”