Action: Play in the Game

I have pretty much been obsessed with the musical Hamilton for the past five months. So much so that I can poorly sing every lyric, as can my children, and I not so subtly hinted daily that tickets to see it were all I wanted for Christmas this past year. The genius of Lin-Manual Miranda speaks to me in so many ways, but none more so than rising up and taking action towards your own destiny. 

In the song The Room Where It Happens, the following scene occurs between the forgotten founding father, Alexander Hamilton, and history’s villain, Aaron Burr. 

 

[BURR]
You got more than you gave

[HAMILTON]
And I wanted what I got
When you got skin in the game, you stay in the game
But you don’t get a win unless you play in the game
Oh, you get love for it. You get hate for it
You get nothing if you…

[HAMILTON AND COMPANY]
Wait for it, wait for it, wait!

[HAMILTON]
God help and forgive me
I wanna build
Something that’s gonna
Outlive me

[HAMILTON/JEFFERSON/MADISON/WASHINGTON]
What do you want, Burr?
What do you want, Burr?
If you stand for nothing
Burr, then what do you fall for?

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Photo Source: Sara Krulwich, The New York Times

“You don’t get a win unless you play in the game.” I have been thinking a lot about this in regards to ACTION and obtaining our goals, dreams and living the type of life we desire. It is much easier to be the person who sits on the sidelines and watches life happen. It is harder to rise up, get in the game and act. Because action opens you up to failure and criticism. However, it also opens you up to success, fulfillment and perhaps, greatness.  

“Oh, you get love for it. You get hate for it.” In this age of social media where anyone can be an anonymous armchair quarterback, the reality is if you decide to act on your dreams, you will get criticized for it. Everyone will have an opinion on how you are choosing to live your life. And many will not be nice about it. Trust me, I’ve been there. However, on the flip-side, you will also attract those in your tribe who will understand and root for you along the way. So, what’s better? A few critical voices or a team of liked-minded individuals helping you to achieve your vision?

“You get nothing if you…Wait for it, wait for it, wait!” If we think that the grand vision we have for ourselves is just going to happen, we will wait our lives away. We can’t wait for the perfect person, time or circumstance. If we want to make our lives what we have always dreamed we have to ACT now, even in the face of those who have decided to critique from the sidelines instead of getting in the game themselves. 

So, who is with me? Who wants to join me in opening themselves up to criticism, failure, success, dreams and a grand life? If you do, then you are a part of my tribe. What ACTION are you going to take today that gets you closer to your dreams? Me? What am I doing? I’m going to go hike to a 400 ft waterfall in Hawaii.