Do you ever find yourself hesitating to take that first step? You might even get overwhelmed by the magnitude of the change you would like to bring into your life?
I totally get it. Even though I’ve spent the last 5+ years now shifting and changing almost every aspect of my life. I still get nervous when I’m about to take a leap. But, I take that first step regardless.
When my niece was about 11 months, I observed how she never wanted to let go of our hands as she walked around the house. You could sense that she didn’t quite trust her legs yet – to do it on her own. Even though we could see her potential, her ability to walk on her own.
We saw it in her stability when she stood, her balancing act with her cute smile and clapping of the hands. Her slow and steady squatting to the ground. Physically she was ready. But something was holding her back. She still hesitated to let go of objects or our hands to take those first independent steps.
Once, as I watched her father encouraging her to take some steps only holding one hand to support her (she always preferred two) it dawned on me …
When deciding to move forward or not with our hopes, dreams, and goals in life. We are rarely as aware of our potential as an outsider looking in.
We prepare our big steps with little steps.
We require endless encouragement and support to take the bigger steps.
We second guess ourselves and often fall back to the initial steps.
All in all, some of us will wait for something magical to happen. Others, won’t move forward until we’re 100% sure we won’t fail. Another bunch will need additional support until we believe we can succeed on our own.
Finally, some of us will take a leap of faith. Knowing that if we fall, if we fail we can always bring ourselves back up. Knowing that if we fail, we can handle it. Knowing that whatever happens, at least we tried. We know what’s on the other side of fear. At least we took those initial steps to move us forward. However, each one of us, like babies learning to walk, requires a unique approach to dive and act to attain our personal goals.
We need to allow our own sense of self to guide us in choosing our method.
We might be able to jump. Trusting the net will appear.
We might need additional support. Depending on our social circle for support. We might wait for every detail to be in place perfectly to move forward.
We might have decided to wait for something else to happen first. Something that will prove that we are ready. Whatever it is, whatever it is we hope to accomplish, create or try, we will do it when we are ready.
However, one thing we must always remember, no one can do it for us.
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