… until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
That’s a good premise to ponder over! It’s a lot easier to hang on to what you’ve always done, rather than risk letting go to get to some place better. Let’s face it: letting go is a scary thing. The unknown, the dark, is always going to be a daunting prospect. If you’re not scared, you’re just not thinking right. It’s perfectly normal to be afraid.
But being scared isn’t going to get you anywhere. The fear of uncertainty is always going to drag you down and stop you from going places – places you should be and deserve to be – and being scared is always going to be part of the deal.
There are no guarantees in life. Nothing comes ready made. It’s not a game of connect-the-dots.
Usually, the bigger the advances to be made, the bigger the uncertainties involved. The risks and the gains are directly proportional, which makes the associated fears proportionally bigger too. This means that the more ambitious your goal is, the more frightening it’ll be to do it. However, if you keep on succumbing to your fears and keep running back to what you know, you’re never really going to get anywhere, are you?
You’re just going to stay around in the same old place, doing the same old thing and coming up with the same old excuses.
Break the Circle
The only way you’ll get anything accomplished in life is to just let go and jump right into the black. You have to grab fear by the neck, choke it to death and give it all you got. By all means, make use of your past experiences. Learn from what you’ve been through. Build on past knowledge to get to a better place. Make a plan to the best of your abilities by trying to think of all possible options you may have, but just keep in mind that you’ll never be able to think of everything. That means something – probably lots of things – are going to go wrong.
And it’s a guarantee that life will throw you a curve ball. Life, after all, is definitely not all sunshine and rainbows. The only certainty is that there will be uncertainties. Put that one into your plan. However, once that’s done, the only thing left is a leap of faith. You have to let go and jump into the void. Then take it as it comes. Whatever happens, just keep putting one step after the other. Make sure you’re fighting all the way.
When you get knocked down – and you will get knocked down – just get the hell back up and plunge in again. And again. And again. As many times as it takes to get you to your goal. Because this is the whole point of everything. Don’t give up. Don’t falter. Don’t look back. Keep your eyes on the ball, because sitting down on what you know and staying there is never going to work. Is it?
But sadly, the reality is that is how most people stagnate. The vast majority will just go through life running the wheel, and never getting anywhere, blaming fate and circumstance for their lack of success.
Is this who you’re going to be? Someone who never lets go and never gets anywhere? Or will you go for it and give it all you got?
Here is a little something to chew over. In life, you never really fail. You just get to different places. Different vantage points, different perspectives, different options. What’s so scary about that?
As long as we keep putting one step after the other, we will get there.