"These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after." ~ Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
Yes, we are in the dog days of summer! Do you know why it is called that? Well, to the ancient Greeks and Romans, the ‘dog days’ happened when Sirius, the ‘dog star’, appeared to rise just before the sun. They thought that the combination of Sirius and the Sun caused the midsummer sweltering heat. Traditionally, the ‘dog days of summer’ are the 40 days between July 3 and August 11.
Darren Hardy is a success mentor and I subscribe to his daily video and he just finished a 10-step plan to beat the ‘Dog Days of Summer.’ He tells us that productivity actually drops by 20% during these ‘dog days.’
I was thinking about how these ‘dog days of summer’ might affect us on a more personal level.
Lethargy. Hopelessness. Lost. Confusion.
In these ‘dog days’ it might feel like we are all alone. We might sometimes feel like Spirit (or the Universe) is missing in action. Things take longer than we anticipate and it’s harder for us to sustain our momentum, let alone our motivation. Dare I say it: it might feel like life is HARD.
We doubt our dreams, we doubt our actions, and we doubt ourselves. We are ready to just say “I’M OVER IT!”
“Every time I hear a woman say that she wants to "play big"—and I hear that a lot—it breaks my heart a bit. I know what she means, and yet...it implies that it's something she's trying on, rather than something that's inherently her's already...from birth. She was born—indeed I believe we ALL are—with a bright light.” ~ Lael Couper Jepson
A wonderful blog post appeared in my inbox today from Lael. It made me stand up (okay, not really stand up, since I read the entire thing while sitting in my office chair) and take notice. And rethink my thinking. And ponder the significance of what it means when I say I want to ‘play big’ and what it means when I write about it or talk about it.
Is this a subtle acknowledgment that we are small and we have to transform ourselves into something else so that we can ‘play big?’ Do we need a makeover of some kind? Or does it mean that we need to simply recognizing our true essence, which is already big?
When you say or when I say “I’m ready to play big” does that mean we want to start living unapologetically? Does it mean we want to acknowledge and appreciate our gifts and talents and ideas without worrying that other women will think we are ‘full of ourselves?’
Women tend to worry about being too bold, too audacious, and too confident as if that’s a bad thing.
Janet Kingsley is an effective 'Belief Change Expert' who helps clients transform frustration to focus, confusion to clarity, and self-doubt to self-confidence.