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Monday, August 22, 2011

You'll Never Fly If You Don't Ever Jump

"You've got to jump off cliffs all the time 
 and build your wings on the way down."

~Ray Bradbury

O.K., you don't LITERALLY jump off cliffs, but you have to be willing to take chances, to escape the things that hold you back.  And sometimes you can't just stick your toe in and expect it to make a difference. You have to be willing to "jump off cliffs" and escape the bonds of your own fear, your own limiting beliefs, and own self doubt.  And when you try to tackle this stuff it may seem like jumping off a cliff, it is so far outside your comfort zone.

But here's the deal.  If you don't ever jump, you'll be like a bird that stays in the nest forever.  You'll eventually be left behind and may starve to death.  When everybody else has built wings and you're still standing on the cliff or staying in the nest, you might feel nice and safe, but are you really?  Sometimes you'll discover new skills, new creativity, new ideas (new wings) when you move outside the safe and familiar.

This week:   Think about what is holding you back.  Is there some area in your life where you're trying to just stand there and be safe?  Are you holding back in your career?  Are you holding back in relationships?  Are you afraid to jump?  Really be honest with yourself about what holds you back.  Is there some way you can jump and build your wings on the way down?  If you can, take one small baby jump this week and notice what happens.

Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert in helping people overcome the obstacles to their success and happiness.  She specializes in helping people let go of limiting beliefs and negative emotions from the past--that "mental clutter" that keeps people stuck.  For more information or to find out how to get rid of all baggage in as little as 4 days, go to http://www.InnerResourceCenter.com and find out how Personal Breakthrough Intensive Sessions work . 


Sue Painter said...

You know I love the question "what has got you stuck" which is the same as "what is holding you back." It's all about risk taking and letting go of perfection.

Kristina said...

Absolutely love this post and the idea of taking baby jumps. Just facing a fear often makes it go away (or at least less scary). Thanks so much for the reminder to take the leap and grow.

buildingconfidentleaders.com said...

Linda, I love the reminder that we build our wings 'on the way down.' 2011 has been - for me - a year of learning the power of my business model (focus). It is forcing me out of the nest.

Tiffany deSilva said...

You made a great point that really stood out to me. Staying where you are because you feel safe doesn't actually mean you are safe. Staying in your "nest" is often the very thing that's keeping you stuck. Business owners aren't so different that baby birds. Staying cooped up in the nest too long can make us starve to death too. :-)

Mary Ellen said...

Thanks Sue. I love the quote from one of my favorite authors, Ray Bradbury. You are so right, we have to take risks. All of the great entrepreneurs do!