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Sounds easy enough, right?

When I hear the phrase ‘leap of faith’ I get an image in my mind of a girl smiling and delicately leaping with her hands in the air, birds chirping in the background and softly landing on the other side – all while still having a big smile on her face.

I also know in actuality this is NOTHING even remotely close to what taking a leap of faith is really like. I know because I did it. It wasn’t easy, or pretty or soft or any of that. But it was worth it.

But how do you know when the timing is right?

1. You can’t get it out of your mind.
Are you a daydreamer? Every minute of the day dreamer? Every second of the day all I could think about what was “Why am I not  _________  {Insert what you want to do here} yet!”. “If ‘they’ can do it, why can’t I?!” If these phrases sound familiar to you then chances are you are feeling the same way I did right before I took the ‘leap’. I would go to sleep, and it would be the last thought on my mind – then I would wake up the next morning and it would be the first thought on my mind. This is no coincidence. In my opinion there is no such thing as coincidence. This is the “Universe” telling you that NOW is the time. But it’s up to you to take action, and that is the place where most people will stop dead in their tracks and cloud their minds with every “what if” scenario they can think of.  This is what will set you apart. If you’re anything like me you will look for a sign. This is it. Take the leap.

2. You realize that it’s no ones fault but YOUR own. For most people (including myself at one point) this is a hard pill to swallow. Admitting that your current situation is because of all the actions you have taken in your life up to this point. Yes all the good in your life is thanks to you, but all the not-so-good is too. Sure, it’s easier to blame others, blame situations, blame how you grew up blah blah blah, but all of that is in the past – and you don’t live there anymore. It’s only when you take responsibility for your life that you will have control over it. Take the leap.

3. You are willing to accept the “worst case scenario”. I mean when you really think about it, what’s the WORST that can happen? I mean the absolute WORST? You quit your job that you have 10+ years experience in (hopefully before you take the leap you have saved at least 3 months of your expenses) your venture doesn’t work out as planned – go find a new job. You move to the city/state you have always wanted to move to but you don’t like it – so move back. We build up situations in our mind that 1. are much worse than the actuality 2. we live in an (unhealthy) state of fear that paralyzes us from doing anything at all. 3. We are scared everything won’t go exactly as we have planned. If that happens, then congratulations! You have experienced LIFE. Life isn’t perfect. Life has it’s ups and downs. If we never experienced downs, then how can we learn and grow? How can we feel like we have accomplished anything of value if everything was ‘easy’ and ‘as planned’. Be willing to take a risk, to fall and see how YOU save yourself. See how you are the person you never knew you thought or could be. I can guarantee it will be one of the best experiences of your life {if you have the right attitude}. Take the leap.

4. Your Faith is stronger than your FEAR. I talk about fear a lot because it once paralyzed me. As children we had no fear. We would try EVERYTHING at least once without hesitation. Fear is something we have learned as we have grown older. It can paralyze you, and make you feel stuck like there is no way out – then lead you to live in what some call ‘a rut’. Why would you choose to live that way? Well the truth is most people do whether they mean to, or not. We were all given a gift, or as Paul Coelho from The Alchemist coined it a “personal legend”. But it’s up to you to find out what your personal legend is. No one is going to come and save you, you have to save yourself. Sure it requires more work on your end. But chances are if you are considering taking a leap of Faith then you already know or at least have an idea what that “it” is right now at this very moment. Follow your personal legend. Let it lead you. Don’t ‘wait until tomorrow’ and be miserable doing something that doesn’t set the fire deep down in your soul any longer. Trust yourself. Feed your faith and starve your fear. Take the leap.  

5. You know that you would rather have failed and tried, than not tried at all. This is probably the one thought that really led me to finally Just do It. So you have thought about it – in fact it’s ALL you can think about. You wrote out the pros and cons, you accepted what the worst case scenario would be, your mind is strong in Faith so now what? Have you ever thought that what you are doing right now – living in fear, blaming others, not taking the leap – is really the worst case? What you’re doing right now is actually the failure that you are so scared of. You wouldn’t have something in  your HEART, if you weren’t 100% capable of achieving it. And even if you do fail you will have learned something new about yourself. Tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us. Live for today.  Trust that feeling deep down inside, spread your wings, and TAKE THE LEAP!

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