Remember when you were a kid, standing on one ledge and wondering if you could jump to the other side? Some kids jumped the gap and in doing so they looked awesome. Others launched fearfully and failed, some launched hard but didn’t have enough strength, and some never tried at all. But they all made a choice.
Will you risk it, and take the leap?
One of the hardest things in life is taking the leap. Over and over again we are confronted with gaps that we do not know how to cross. Should I change jobs? Do I talk to that girl? Is moving a good idea? Do I want to leave my comfortable situation and face the unknown?
And why are these decisions so hard? That is simple: Fear.
I don’t want to fail. Failing is embarrassing, painful, and hard.
So here are the options:
Stay Put: There will always be those who never take risks. While this may seem safe, it is only safe if is is right.
Launch Prematurely: Some people are destined to leap, but not yet. Launching to soon is sure to disappoint.
Launching Fearfully: While simply believing you will succeed is not going to ensure success, focusing on the probability of your failure is probably going to guarantee that failure.
Leap: Calculate, commit, and jump!
While I cannot guarantee success for those that take the leap, I can promise this:
If you never leap you will never know what is on the other side.
Whether you are a senior in college or a senior administrator, don’t be afraid to leap!
What ledge are you standing on right now? Where do you need to take that leap?