It’s all about jumping in.
Hesitation is the friend of fear and neither do us much good when we want to move forward. At this stage and age, it is easy to rest on our laurels and “taking it easy” becomes a fall-back position, not a choice. Better, not younger means talking risks however small, engaging with life and simply having a go.
I know it is not as easy as it sounds.
Re-inventing us or even accepting who we are is challenging and oftentimes confrontational but age is no barrier to change, ever. Age is an advantage because age means we have experience and the tools to be who we want to be on any given day.
I know I have a surplus of energy and a fairly high tolerance for risk and adventure; I also appreciate we are not all the same. Doubts exist, lulls happen and I’m not always as buoyant one day as the next. I could easily sit still in my life, do what is comfortable and save myself a heap of trouble. Where would the fun be in that?
Motivation is fickle and can be gone as quickly as it appears. The trick is to hold on tight and harness the feeling – make the most when it strikes. It is not selective, we can all capitalize on motivation, and we simply need the know-how. When we are fired up with enthusiasm our potential is limitless. Our ambitions are unique and the size or depth of our dreams is irrelevant; it’s all about jumping in.
How do we jump in?
Thinking big doesn’t mean we have to start out big. Ideas can grow, can morph and become what we want them to be. The important point is to know what they are and to allow us the time to find them. Imagining our future is the first step in making it a reality and seeing us in the picture is crucial. I wanted to start THE EMPORIUM for years, there was always a reason not to but the idea stayed with me and I knew deep down it would happen. I trusted myself, my instinct and allowed myself the luxury to dream. I don’t have a grand plan for its future but it is finally real and I am excited by that.
Big ideas, small steps.
New ideas can be terrifying – big, scary and seemingly unreachable. Forget all that, everything is possible if we start small. The perfect version doesn’t exist and never from day 1. Take small steps in whatever it is and let the rest follow as and when. The small wins inspire confidence and are even sweeter.
We can be our harshest critics and self-doubt makes us fail before we even start. Kindness and understanding start with us.
Decisions mean progress; procrastination is not the same “weighing up” or “thinking through”, there is a big difference. Hesitating, because we are afraid, is simply stalling.
Making a splash doesn’t have to be of epic proportions. The genius is in leaving the edge. xv
Think Big, Stay Comfortable
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