Specifically, I don’t fancy open heights. Therefore, a few years ago when I decided to go skydiving for my birthday I had to draw from the experience gained during my youth to give me the process to achieve my goal. Experience taught me it is easy to formulate these grand ideas in mind; and, it is even easy to make the plans for these grand ideas. However, executing these ideas can be as frightening as jumping out of a plane: or as I experienced in my youth, jumping from the 10m platform in the swimming pool.
When I looked up from the pool into the stage, it did not look so high. It didn’t seem so powerful especially when people of equal and lesser size were going off the edge of the platform headfirst. I suspect this is how many individuals envision their dreams and goals. It looks like something that is within your reach, and most of all, others are living their dreams so why not you. So, I grabbed the chance by summing the nerve and beginning the climb up the ladder to the stage. Mind you, there were two other platforms even higher; therefore, this should be well within my reach and not an effort of lunacy. However, once I got to the edge of the platform something took over. The distance seemed so much greater now that I was on the stage; and this something, this harrowing feeling had seized me. Paralyzed with fear I had to return to the pool deck in embarrassment.
I learned that if I was going to enjoy the thrill of fulfillment that my peers were experiencing, then I was going to have to find a way to overcome the paralysis which returned every time I tried the jump. Simply put, I would need to discover a way to take care of the fear that we all face when matters become much larger than we initially assumed or imagined. I learned to reevaluate the anxiety by eliminating the time between the strategy and the jump. I would climb the ladder; cross the stage and jump without hesitation or thought. Because if I stopped to think, rational thoughts of dread would hold me not because it could not be done, but because fear could have me afraid to do it.
When I chose to skydive, I started two weeks before the date rehearsing I would not believe; I’d just jump. This procedure worked in my youth, it worked for skydiving, it has worked for my dreams and my goals. Therefore, it will work for you. The reality is the thinking is already done after you have dreamed and planned. When it is time to execute, do not think; take the LEAP of faith:
O Appreciate the chance – It will APPOINT you.
o Persevere in the challenge – It will PERFECT you.
In the heroic wisdom of Les Brown,”jump and grow your wings on the way down!”