I recently attended a 2-day workshop called, The Bigger Game. The Bigger Game is a program or process for connecting individuals to their work & life in a compelling, purposeful way. It was developed by a tremendous coach and fabulous human being, Rick Tamlyn. In his book of the same title, Rick describes The Bigger Game in this way, “Think of the word “game” as a metaphor for whatever you are doing in life. Some games are conscious choices, like applying to college, pursuing a specific profession, joining the Peace Corps, or becoming a parent. The games we have chosen in the past helped define who we are today.…You’ve seen plenty of examples in the world. Putting the first man on the moon. Cleaning up a corporate waste site. Creating a corporate responsibility initiative. Starting a local neighborhood watch. Working to get healthier food into school cafeterias….Bigger Games are everywhere.”
I want to share a few thoughts about my Bigger Game experience.
First, my personal experience in the 2-day Bigger Game workshop has had HUGE impact on my life. Already. It’s only been 5 days. In the past few days I’ve connected more deeply with my compelling purpose, set wheels in motion, gained clarity about important relationships in my life, and am energized about my own bigger game to play in the world.
Second, I am inspired by the awareness that Bigger Games are happening everywhere. Regular ole people, like you and like me, are taking game changing actions everyday. Apologizing to your child. Offering care and compassion to your neighbor. Choosing to run your business more sustainably. Saying no to something that violates your core values. Playing a Bigger Game does not mean you’re “saving the world.” It DOES means, however, that you are making conscious choices to more positively impact YOUR world. Today. And tomorrow. One small step at a time.
Sure, there are game changers who have taken huge, courageous actions, leading to positive change in whole industries, communities, even countries. And yet, it is not scale nor geographic reach that defines the ‘big’ in a bigger game.
Lastly, as you might know by now, I firmly believe in purposeful living. I believe that each of us has a unique – and monumentally important – purpose. A reason for living our lives. I want you to find yours. And if you’ve already found it, I encourage you to continue to carry it out. To show up more fully in your life, look around, and choose to stand for something more. Be intentional. Don’t settle for less than all that you can be.
As 2012 comes to an end, spend a few minutes with life’s bigger game questions:
1) What matters most to me?
2) What’s my compelling purpose?
3) How do I get stuck in my “comfort zones”?
4) What’s my next bold action?
I can help you find your answers. Let’s start 2013 off in a “Bigger Game” kind of way!
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