Posts Tagged ‘leap of faith’

There are times when we get excited about a big project or big idea and we want to take that proverbial leap of faith and go for it. We take a few running steps, leap toward our goal, and splash! We land short of what we intended and end up either drowning in misery that our big idea didn’t happen or swimming back to shore to figure out how we didn’t land where we wanted to land.

This morning, a link was shared on a private Facebook group that opened my eyes to see why I am standing on the shore all soaking wet. This realization hit me: I took a leap when I should have taken a step. (Here’s the video if you’re interested.)

Brendon Buchard – Experts Academy

A few of the steps that Brendon shared in the video on how to build a buying audience from your expertise included knowing your target customer (which I do), understand their buying behavior (something I need to investigate more), and create a product or service based on your expertise (you’ll have to watch the video to get the all the steps). Even though I did create a product or service, my service is probably too big of a step for people to take as their first step in working with me. Regardless of how good the product or service is or looks, very few would be willing to make a big step until they have taken a smaller step first.

So now that I am standing on the shore letting the sun dry me out, the next STEP I need to take is creating products or services of value with little to no buy-in costs. I will be looking to add some great content to inspire young leaders to thrive and become stronger leaders tomorrow. That is a step in the right direction that won’t leave me soaking wet.

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“We come this way but once. We can either tiptoe through life and hope we get to death without being badly bruised, or we can live a full, complete life achieving our goals and realizing our wildest dreams.” 

Bob Proctor

When you begin to change the direction you are going in life to pursue something loftier, fear will be a natural by-product. What you do with that fear is the key to its power over you. You can acknowledge the fear and take steps to minimize it, or entertain them in your mind until they become bigger and stop you in your tracks.

There is a point in time that you need to acknowledge the fear but push past it and act. The level of action will depend on your risk tolerance. The more averse you are to taking a risk, the smaller the steps you need to take. But take the steps. Someone who has a high risk tolerance is willing to take bigger leaps of faith. Those leaps are more than likely calculated leaps, but the reward for doing so outweighs staying put.

In my life, I have taken a number of leaps into the unknown. Scary? Yes. Worth doing? Without a doubt, those times that I have leaped put me into a better position to pursue my life’s dream. The energy and excitement spurred me on to make something happen to further my desire for success. Being that I am married, the leaps I make now are more calculated but still leaps of faith into the unknown.

In order to make leaps of faith, you must be sure of your intended destination. When you first leap, you may not land exactly where you thought, but it puts you closer than you were previously. You may even find that the destination changes as you go and something better is awaiting you.

 “Fears are nothing more than states of mind.”

Napoleon Hill

While the chapter in the book is quite long, let me say one final thing about fear. If fear is a state of mind, we need to change the words we say. Rather than asking, “What if…” and ending it with negative consequences, what if we make them positive? What if I make this jump and it all works out? What if I do this and next year we are able to buy that dream home? What if I make this move and I get the big promotion? Turn the negative statements that fuel fear and make them positive. Change your state of mind, and you will be able to overcome fear.

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(Our daily journey of the last 64 days of 2011 is centered on the principles found in Jack Canfield’s book, “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.” In his book, he encourages his readers to begin teaching others these principles. I would highly recommend that you buy a copy of the book and join us on a journey to a better you.)