How to have a Life that is Big in every way


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I have said previously that Big is not just about size … “Big” is quality. “Big” is about standing up, standing tall and believing in yourself … 

This is applicable at any stage of your life. The most critical time I believe is between the ages of 35 and 50. This is the real ‘bigtime’. Because how you create your dreams & goals and how you grow as a person, will define you and have a bearing on the following years.

You may remember the 27 Big punctuations for life that I listed in a former post. With your permission, I would like  to revisit them. Let yourself  Feel  the “Bigness”, let it be absorbed into your thoughts and into your soul.

Big is for thoughts that break the mould. Big is for the steps that you take forward in life.

Big is for ideas that stretch you. Big is for Action.

Big is showing Love. Big is for ballsy.

Big is admitting your mistakes. Big is for expansive thoughts.

Big is for never ending horizons. Big is for brassy.

Big is the feeling of Freedom to express yourself. Big is for achievement … when you have made choices that serve you.

Big is for boldBig is awe inspiring. Big is for Life’s adventurers and life’s adventures.

Big is for Midlifers refusing to give in to ‘old age’ syndrome. Big is for first steppers … no matter how small the step.

Big is for standing tall when others fall or won’t stand up at all. Big is for going beyond your zone of sameness and predictability.

Big is for being extraordinary [that’s You]. Big is for sharing yourself … without strings.

Big is for saying what you think with truth and in the right spirit. Big is for breaking bad habits of addiction.

Big is for showing heart and care for your fellow earth citizens.

Big is for pictures painted with broad brush strokes and dreams dreamt with intent.

Big is for setting your very first meaningful goal. And finally, Big is for badass (in a nice way).

Now that you have absorbed those 27, here is some added incentive for you to find space for “Big” in your life.

BIG … I’ve also found it can stand for Boundless. Inspirational. Goals … and I’ve said that before as well. 


Big is for being successful. Successful in such a way that even You will be in awe of yourself. You have gone further than you could imagine. That is Big.

Life isn’t meant to be played small.

When you reach the age of 40, 50, 60 will you say ” Thank heavens I’ve got this far by staying under the radar & keeping my head down”. You might but is that your strategy? Would you rather say ” I’ve worked hard, done my best,  achieved success and I’m looking forward to more” ?

That’s playing Big. “Big” gets you attention, the right type of attention. Big is magnetic. Big is knowing that you have played  the game  well ….. and you are still relishing overtime. Give me more! That’s Big.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to share on your favourite Social Media channels.

Be good to yourself


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  • Melissa March 27, 2014, 2:04 pm

    I love this David! Especially the “Big is for badass”! This post really got me thinking this morning. Thanks so much for all your inspiring words. Have a great rest of the week 😉

    • David Stevens March 27, 2014, 8:48 pm

      Thanks Melissa,
      I love to get people thinking. Be Big & enjoy

      Be good to yourself

  • Paige | Simple Mindfulness March 30, 2014, 7:56 pm

    Before I hit 40 (I’m 46 now), I would look at people like Maya Angelou in awe and think, “I want to be like her when I grow up.” The older I get, the bolder I become to living a bigger and bigger life. And this makes me look forward to 50 and 60 and beyond because it just keeps getting better. My cup of happiness overflows when I live big, allowing me to share more and more of it with everyone around me.

    Great post David!

    • David Stevens March 30, 2014, 8:46 pm

      Hi Paige,
      Life Does get better if you allow it to. It’s always a matter of perception, gratitude & positivity. I want to keep getting Bigger until I leave the house. Thank You for your valued contribution.
      Be good to yourself

  • Cathy Taughinbaugh March 31, 2014, 1:53 pm

    Love the 27 Big punctuations for life list, David. My favorite is “Big is for being extraordinary”. What great work you are doing with midlifers – reminding us that life can continue on in a big way. Thanks!

    • David Stevens March 31, 2014, 9:07 pm

      My pleasure Cathy,
      Appreciate your kind words & thanks for your support
      Be good to yourself

  • Elle March 31, 2014, 4:44 pm

    Great definition of big David. Magnetic and extraordinary say it all. You are such an encourager.