• Sandy Jolles

Taking the Leap

When taking a big step, how do we know when we're ready? With any big decision, there's a high level of uncertainty attached to that leap. Perhaps this may be attributed to the fear of failing, or the idea that success is fleeting. However we spin it, there are countless reasons people use when considering the leap out of their comfort zone.

It is very normal to feel some anxiety when stepping into something unknown. However, the control that we can have rests in the reframing of our anxiety to reflect excitement. The only way our anxiety can negatively impact us in this scenario is if it keeps us frozen into inactivity. Conversely, with active reframing, that same anxiety can be turned into a positive force for action.

Let's say we do take that big step, and we experience failure. It can be tempting to blame your whole being for failure, making it that much harder to brush it off and move forward. In reality, all of us experience failure, but that does not mean we ARE a failure. We can instead separate our sense of self from events, better equipping us to deal with disappointment when it comes.

Perfectionism, fear of failing, low self-esteem... all of these can be used as reasons to not take a leap. A trust in yourself is the most important element of walking straight out of your comfort zone and into unfamiliar territory. Looking to take that first step? below are some tips to consider to meet these challenges head on.

  1. Acknowledge the change - What is it about that aspect of your life that you want to change and why does it feel important to do it sooner rather than later?

  2. Make concrete Plans - Set achievable, concrete objectives you can start working towards to establish that baseline!

  3. Look at the facts - When thinking about the worst case scenario, it's often not as bad as feared.

  4. Remember who you are - We all have that voice that may undermine our confidence at times. Challenge that voice when it speaks, and remember - that voice is not you

  5. Look back, but not with regret - Congratulate yourself for the progress you've made. If you may not be exactly where you want in your journey, remember that circumstances change and there are myriad version of success.

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