Playing Small

Playing Small

This post is going to be different than what I usually publish.  It’s going to contain far fewer words and expect much more from you!  I’m going to post a quote from Marianne Williamson and I invite you to consider how it fits in your life, your mission, and your work:


A simple, 8-word sentence.  Really take a look at where you pull yourself up short, where you allow fear to keep you from taking the next best step, where you are content to replay the same patterns that don’t allow you to be who you are meant to be…

Then, make a commitment to yourself, to me, and to others to change even just one aspect so as to play bigger and serve the world more fully from your gifts.  Carpe Diem!

About the Author:

Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum
Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum is a holistic coach and clinical psychologist who believes people are capable of far more than they think they are.


  1. Mateja September 17, 2014 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Great Bonnie! Sometimes less is more. I just had a very bad experience today with a company I wanted to work for and initially I went into self-blame.. and then I said.. NO.. I have so much to offer.. THEY don’t deserve me. Thanks for the reminder.

    Mateja Petje,LMFT

  2. Tina Games September 18, 2014 at 1:39 am - Reply

    I love this quote! ~ Another one that comes to mind is the one from Nelson Mandela, “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.” ~ Both quotes are SO rich – and really inspire some deep thinking. ~ Thank you for a short and sweet, but very thought-provoking post! 🙂

  3. Christine September 18, 2014 at 2:06 am - Reply

    You too, Bonnie! Great idea!

  4. Cher September 18, 2014 at 4:07 am - Reply

    Bonnie, I am also writing an article about playing small-in this case as it relates to expressing our gifts through public speaking. I myself, have practiced and continue to practice this art of playing big, and stretching my vision of myself in order to live life fulfilled, and to best serve others. It’s also the goal of the work I do with others. The key to doing this is delaying the immediate gratification of being “comfortable.” It’s getting through the discomfort of being in the “new” us that offers the delayed gratification much larger than playing small and “comfortable.”

    Thank you for this beautiful prompt.

    Cher Gunderson

  5. Kailean Welsh September 18, 2014 at 9:07 am - Reply

    This may be brief, but it is powerful. Thanks for the call to all of us to be more, and to more fully express whoever we are and whatever we have to offer.

  6. Veronica September 18, 2014 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Carpe Diem indeed! Playing small serves no one – especially me. I must admit I have struggled with this issue off and on over the years. I know why and it can be quite frustrating. Thank you for the tip and support!

  7. Teena September 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Oh Bonnie I love the image you posted of the magnificent trees! I had a favorite T- shirt in Elementary school that said “Think Big” on it. Being a petite young lady and now adult I am often looking up at the world from my short 5′ stature. In order to use this to my advantage I have had to work with my mindset to think big to feel as expansive and magnificent as those tree tops! Thank you!


  8. Patricia Young September 21, 2014 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I made a committment a while ago… I choose magnitude over littleness! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Love the quote and the image is spectacular!

  9. Pam Kachelmeier MA, PC, LC September 22, 2014 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Yes, I am SO ready to play BIG…enough hiding out behind others and listening to other peoples’ and societies expectations…all for what? So done with that! Thank you for the reminder.

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