As 29th February only comes around every four years it got me thinking about leaps of faith. (Yeh, I know – tenuous link!)
A Leap of Faith takes you toward something – hopefully something new, fresh, positive, exciting, …..choose your own words.
It’s the very opposite of staying where you are (now, staying where you are is great if you are happy and fulfilled in that place).
But when you’re stuck, unhappy, unfulfilled – staying where you are is horrible. And yet paradoxically it can feel ‘safe.’ It’s familiar.
And we all know an energy vampire who moans and whinges but does nothing whatsoever to change their situation. (Be kind – they’re staying safe!)
Leaping into the unknown can feel really scary. We don’t always want to ‘feel the fear and do it anyway.’
So my first rule of thumb is to start to make the unknown ‘known; the unfamiliar ‘familiar’.
Want a new job but don’t have the confidence to apply?
Start with a mind-map of the sort of role you want or do a search for jobs that interest you or write down everything you’ve achieved over the last year. First step.
Need to have an uncomfortable conversation with someone?
Outline the purpose of the conversation, the topics to discuss and your desired outcome. First step.
The Effortless Leader Mantra is to take one small step at a time (easier than leaping!).
It’s so liberating. Because we’re moving away from ‘stuck’ without jumping off the proverbial cliff.
And when we’re ready we can take the next step….and the next…and before you know it we’ve walked a mile in the right direction.
Happy Leap Year.