6 steps to taking a glorious leap into the unknown.
For a moment, let me create a visual journey for you. Picture yourself standing on the edge of a very tall and sheer cliff, overlooking a beautiful clear body of water. The cliff is so sheer that you can’t even see what’s below you, but you know the water is there just waiting for you! You look out, and as far as the eyes can see is the beauty of creation. You slowly slide to the edge of the rocks to where you can only feel total emptiness in front of you. What do you do? Do you take a step of faith and hope for the best, or do you turn around and risk this being something that you spend your life regretting not doing? What to do, what to do?
You close your eyes and with one step you find yourself drifting into absolute nothing. At the same time you feel excitement, fear, carelessness and so many more feelings peak and in a matter of seconds, you splash into the end result of your journey. When you come up out of the water, you find yourself overwhelmed by this rush of emotions and you’re out of the water and making the climb up the cliff to do it all over again!
We all stand daily at the edge of the cliff of life, with a decision to make. We are either going to jump into the unknown of fulfilling our dreams OR play it safe and possibly risk a life of regret.
One of the definitions of “jump” is to move the body upward. I have heard it said, “One of the greatest regrets that old people have is not taking enough risks.” This is not just limited to an age group, but instead speaks of countless people of all ages who won’t kick fear to the curb and take a risk. Life is full of risk and failure; even death is certain some day. But I want to live with the attitude of being willing to risk all to live life to the fullest, rather than sitting back and risking nothing only to watch life pass me by.
I can remember a time in my life, over 19 years ago—the first time I stepped out onto a stage to speak to a large group of students. I was so nervous and it was obvious! But when it was all over with, I knew I had found my place and the rest is history.
So are you willing to jump?
Are you willing to let go and take a leap of faith into the unknown?
Here are a few things you and I can do to make each day a JUMP DAY:
1. Go to bed each night making the decision as to what your next day will be when you awake. I believe we are the ones that have the power of choice in this life that we are living in.
2. As soon as your eyes open, take action! Don’t allow yourself to go to that which is not productive and positive. Learn to control your focus, because staying focused on your purpose is one of the most powerful tools you have in your toolbox.
3. Take time to be inspired. Some will do this through meditation, some will do this through time with God, but however you do this, take the time and be inspired!
4. Make your health a priority; it will be one of greatest and eternal investments you could make. Just 10-15 minutes each morning of stretches and a few basic body weight exercises will go a long way.
5. Make journaling an important part of your life. Start off each day by journaling those things that you’re thankful for. That journal entry can be the very thing that helps you stay focused and on track.
6. And finally JUMP! Take a step of faith daily, every chance you can and NEVER look back. What’s in the past does not matter when you are standing in potentially the greatest moment of your life, depending on what you do with it.
I hope as you find yourself at the end of this article, you very next thought and then action is to JUMP!
Photo: Flickr/Martin Cathrae
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