How many times have you said “I’m going to socialize more, start dating, get a new job, get healthier, take more time for myself…? ”
How many times have other things gotten in the way?
What do you need to jump – to really jump in and make it happen?
I took a big jump a few years ago when I moved and it paid off in spades. Not in every area, but in the areas that mattered the most - relationships, opportunities, gifts. And, in a million years, I never could have imagined how my life was going to change.
As my clients make change in their life, I ask them if they could have ever imagined that this would happen and they usually say “no”. They wanted this change in their life, hoped for it, but never really believed that it would happen. But, one day something happened, they became more serious about it and committed themselves to it.
Many times pain is the impetus that brings people to contact me. They have experienced too many missed opportunities, too much loss, too much sadness, too much fear, too much anger, too much holding in and not enough letting out of who they really are and who they really want to be. It can become stifling. It constricts our lives to a very small piece of the universe.
We all know life is short, life is not a dress rehearsal, life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, life is now.
With that in mind, why not take time this season to clarify what is really important to you. Do those “if I had six months to live” exercises and see what comes up for you.
This is my last newsletter of the year and of the series. I have decided to take another jump and will start a private Facebook group next month.
If you are clear about your direction and are actively pursuing your goals, this group can be a place where you ask for feedback on an idea and support when you get stuck. You can share your wins and be part of a community of like-minded people with positive energy and the belief that they can achieve their dreams.
Jump in and commit to your life in 2019. And Happy New Year!!
Here is a quote from William Hutchinson Murray that captures how life can unfold the moment you commit to an idea. It’s taken from ”Lessons Learned from a Lifetime’s Climbing”.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I have deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
William Murray was invited to join a friend on an expedition in 1951 to climb the Himalayas. It was a four month, 340 mile trek during which they reached seven summits. He said the Himalaya has finally taught me that man, given single-minded commitment, is, in the long run, not subject to impossible obstacles.
Here’s a link to read more.