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I have had a lot of different experiences in my life and have taken chances that on the outside might not have seemed so smart. Okay they probably weren’t so smart on the inside either, but who knew? I jumped in anyway because I have this theory about life—you’ve got to go and do what you want to do in case the world changes and those one-time opportunities disappear. I fundamentally believe that we are not meant to live a boring life. This world is too big, too amazing, too discoverable for me (or you) to sit at home and not experience it.

My cousin posted on Facebook a quote that I put on my page. It says, “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” That is the truth. And it’s not just travel to other countries but perhaps a new adventure close to home that make memories for a lifetime.

Growing up I knew that if I made a mistake that I was young enough to survive the fall, whether it was financial, emotional, and physical. I always figured if my big idea didn’t work out (or if none of my ideas worked out) I was young enough that I could start again without much loss of time, energy or money. Oh the good old days – now, since I have reached a milestone in my age on this amazing earth, I tend to think a little more about my future.

My friend Lisa gave me a plaque when she sensed that I was struggling to make a decision about an opportunity that had presented itself. On this plaque was a wild-haired girl jumping over a fire. The plaque read, “this is faith – and this is leap of faith.

I always liked that little plaque.It reminds me that living the life of comfort and ease won’t provide the heart-stopping thrill of landing your first airplane or getting up for the first time on your water skis or riding the world’s longest escalator.

The plaque also reminds me that sometimes there are problems or issues that you can’t lightly step over. You’d be better off to leap over it so you don’t die a slow burn. The fact is for most of us the fire will always be there, but how we get across is the journey we write home about. And you know instinctively that once you make that leap you’ve now done something big.

Having the courage to make a leap of faith probably is not an everyday occurrence. In fact, if you’re having to do it often you might need to stop and see what is driving the need to remove yourself from situations in such a grand fashion.

I came across a quote from Margaret Shepard years ago and I have kept it on my computer as a reminder of life: “Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.”

I love that quote because in my own life it has been true, and I am sure it has been true for you if you really admit that sometimes you’ve had to jump and pray that there would be a ledge or limb or line that would catch you.

I was thought it was an interesting dichotomy that although the fear of the unknown is great – sometime the fear of the known is greater.

I work with people all the time who look around their current situation and say to me – Deb – I’ve got to get out… if I stay in this job, or relationship or group of friends I will miss the calling I believe I have.

Now please know I am not a licensed counselor so I do not dispense advice on life or love or leaving – but I do like to help others shake open closed doors so they can see what is on the other side.

Now for some just seeing with new eyes the opportunities that might await is a big adventure…and it might seem like an enormous leap of faith to take a new job in another country to build a career, to move to another city to find their dream, for some to unload and rebuild their life for their new life.

And even though on the outside it seems like a small step for mankind for some it is the gulf wide enough to expose every fear and doubt and the only way through is simply a leap of faith because friends Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.

What leap of faith do you need to take in your own life? Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but have held back because it seems like such a big deal? Is there some challenge that you can’t simply walk over due to the size that if you make a decision, you’ll be leaping over mountains… is there a dream that you have had for years that is on the back burner that is on your one-day list…

You know one day when… the kids are grown – the house is paid off – the credit cards are manageable – the job is safe – the – you can fill in the blank…

For some to find amazing joy in life it will be a leap of faith to know that you’re ready to do the job, to know that you’re able to be successful on the other side, to know that what you’ll gain is greater than what you will leave behind.

Now please understand I am not advocating that you do foolish things that would cause harm to you or your family or company – that fact is silliness or acting irresponsibly is not going to accomplish what you’re hoping for – in fact it might close all doors to your dreams if you act without a plan or purpose or provisions for those you care about. No that’s a leap of crazy that will leave you damaged for years to come.

But for those who are listening today… just remember that sometimes-in life your only available transportation to reach the goals and dreams and hopes is a leap of faith.

I like to idea of leaping – meaning giving it your all… not taking it cautiously step by step but putting your whole self into the opportunity.

To grow a business sometimes you have the take that leap of faith and hire a few new employees – I know the cost of salary and benefits and training seems like a huge obstacle but when the fit is right you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner… your output will increase, and your team will grow and you’ll be able to take on new and bigger projects to grow even bigger. I’ve seen friends wrestle with the struggle and be grateful in the end.

Or how about restoring a relationship – ah that one is hard – but think about it – if you’ll be the one who will make the call – set up the coffee meeting – goes through with it – that unbridled leap of faith on your part for restoration might restore that which was lost or you’ll realize that once forgiven and somewhat forgotten it’s time to move on with no strings attached because you took the plunge to make it right or at least as right as you could… monkey off your back… they can wallow in self-pity but friend you’re free…

Every once in a while, I see big leaps of faiths…and I so marvel at the commitment that it takes – whether it is keeping the baby when it was unplanned or blending a family with a new marriage and being accepting all the children as one or opening your heart to a new member of the family not what was expected but accepted with love.

I could go on and on at the amazing leaps of faith that people take every day and what is interesting that for so many it wasn’t a hard jump because they believed, or they knew it was the right thing to do. That is what makes this world an amazing place – everyone doing well by doing good in their corner of the world.

I must say I love todays message because I see the success of it time and time again and I also see how sometimes due to fear of the known or unknown many people leave opportunity behind because they are comfortable in their little world – and for some I guess that’s okay – it’s not how I would live nor would I encourage those I love to live small – ah friend I hope you dream of more and bigger and better and just know that there are a lot of people cheering for you – praying for you – believing in you as you make that leap of faith – because friends Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.

Deb Sofield

Deb Sofield is a Keynote Speaker, Author of the book, Speak without Fear – Rock Star Presentation Skills to get People to Hear What You Say and Encouragement For Your Life ~ Tough Love Memos to Help You Fight Your Battles and Change the World, Radio Talk Show Host in the Salem Network, Podcaster and President of her own Executive Speech Coaching Co., which trains women and men for success in speaking, crisis communications, presentation skills, media and message development in the U.S. and abroad.

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