Specifically, I really don’t fancy open heights. Therefore, a few years back when I decided to go skydiving for my birthday I had to draw from the experience gained through my childhood to give me the procedure to achieve my objective. Experience taught me it is simple to invent these grand ideas in mind; and, it’s even easy to create the plans for these grand ideas. However, executing these thoughts can be as frightening as jumping from a plane: or as I experienced in my childhood, leaping from the 10m platform in the swimming pool.
When I looked up from the pool into the stage, it did not look so significant. It did not seem so powerful especially when people of lesser and equal size were moving off the edge of the platform headfirst. I guess this is how many individuals envision their dreams and goals. It looks like something that’s 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 higher; therefore, this should be well within my reach rather than an effort of lunacy. The distance seemed so much greater now that I had been on the stage; and this something, this harrowing feeling had captured me. Paralyzed with fear I needed to come back to the pool deck in embarrassment.
I learned that when I was going to enjoy the thrill of satisfaction that my peers were experiencing, I was going to need to discover a way to overcome the paralysis which returned each time I tried the jump. To put it simply, I would need to discover a way to take care of the fear that most of us 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 hop. I’d climb the ladder; cross the stage and jump without hesitation or thought. Because when I stopped to think, logical thoughts of dread would hold me not because it could not be done, but since fear could have me afraid to do it.
When I chose to skydive, I began two weeks prior to the date rehearsing I wouldn’t believe; I’d just jump. This procedure worked in my childhood, it worked for skydiving, it’s worked for my dreams and my objectives. Therefore, it is going to work for you. The reality is that the thinking is already done after you’ve dreamed and planned. When it is time to do, do not think; consider the LEAP of faith:
O Appreciate the chance – It will APPOINT you.
In the epic wisdom of Les Brown,”jump and grow your wings on the way down!”