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Unleash Your Greatness: Why Playing Small Doesn’t Serve You or Others.

In the grand tapestry of life, each of us holds a unique thread, woven with the potential for greatness. Yet, too often, we find ourselves playing small—limiting our capabilities, dimming our light, and settling for less than we are truly capable of achieving. It is time to break free from these self-imposed constraints and step into the fullness of your potential.

Recently, I read about a kindergarten activity narrated by Debbie Ford that led me to a profound insight. In a class of about 15 children, each child received a puzzle piece upon entering. Each piece had a number written behind it, and there were 15 such pieces. Once settled, the teacher, holding a large cardboard, called out numbers from 1 to 15. Whichever child had the puzzle piece with that number stepped forward, placing it on the board. As each child did this, a vibrant, colourful picture unfolded.

However, one puzzle piece was missing because a child was absent that day. The picture remained incomplete, leaving a strange empty space.

Let us take a moment to pause and think.

In the enchanting realm of life, each of us carries a puzzle piece, a unique fragment that adds depth and vibrancy to the collective masterpiece of existence. But when you refuse to show up because you feel you don’t fit in, your choices are conventionally different from others, so and so forth, you are playing small.

Playing small might seem like a safe choice, avoiding attention or potential failure. However, this self-limiting mindset hinders your personal and professional growth. When you play small, you underestimate your capabilities, leading to missed opportunities and unfulfilled potential. By playing small, you not only restrict your own potential but also impact those around you. Your unique contributions remain hidden, and the world misses out on the richness of your talents. In many ways, it is a disservice to yourself and to the collective tapestry of human potential.

If you are holding back your authentic self because you feel different?

If you are self-sabotaging for reasons that may not align with societal expectations?

If you are seeking answers externally?

It is time to reflect and see that the answer is within you.

Often, unseen factors influence our choices and behaviours, keeping us stuck in patterns that hinder our progress. These patterns are like invisible threads, subtly weaving through our decisions. Recognising and understanding these factors is the key to breaking free from playing small. Just like the puzzle piece that completes the picture, you are an essential part of the grand tapestry of life. Embrace your authenticity, show up as the ‘Unique You,’ and contribute your brilliance to the world.

Stop playing small, instead hone your craft, do the self-work and let your presence be the fragrance that inspires others to bloom and shine.

I wish you immense courage as you embrace your authenticity and show up in this world with your true potential.


Happiness & Healing,

Dhara Purohit John


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I am a quester, constantly seeking and exploring life in many ways; passionate about various art forms and understanding the mysteries of mind.

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