Sometimes we have to take a leap of faith. So many times, we crave some sort of security in everything that we do. We’re afraid to make a decision or go a certain direction if we don’t know what is going to happen or what that outcome will be. We have to have a safety net there, just in case we make a wrong decision. How will anything great happen to us if we don’t take risks? We might have some good things happen to us from time to time, but we will never reach our true potential if we sit waiting for the right opportunity to arrive. There is no perfect time to do anything. That safety net will not always be there, and you shouldn’t expect it there either.
On one of my favorite kids’ shows growing up, The Magic School Bus, they used to teach that: “Take chances, make mistakes and get messy.” So, why are we so afraid now? We’re getting consumed with making the right decision all the time. I know because I’ve been there. I wanted everyone to like me in high school so I never answered a question that I wasn’t 100% sure on. I would never ask for help because I felt it would make me appear weak. But once I stopped trying to please everyone, once I stopped only giving the right answers, I began taking risks. I knew I wasn’t always going to be right, but I knew I would learn from a situation. Sometimes these are decisions for yourself, sometimes it’s decisions for the people who work for you. You have to stop fearing failure. Failures and mistakes are always lessons in disguise.
Imagine if you stopped getting lessons from your experiences. You would just be an average person, not learning anything new in your days. Is that really a life worth living? You continue to grow older, but don’t learn anything new? You have to take risks. You have to take a leap of faith.
Here is another scenario to consider: career choices. How many people do you see take a leap of faith in their career? A very select few. Typically, these individuals are singers or actors, but it doesn’t have to be just them. Some of the most successfully people gave up what the were doing to pursue their dreams and make them a reality. No safety net. Ed Sheeran, Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs etc. The best people make the most of their situations without a safety net.
So, stop worrying so much that it’s the right time. Stop worrying so much that you don’t have a plan B. Sometimes plan A is so good that you don’t need a plan B. Take risks and take a leap of faith.
When did you take a leap of faith and it worked out?
What’s your excuse?