Success Starts with Taking a Leap of Faith
Are you afraid of starting a business, changing careers or breaking of a relationship?
The answer is that all of us, are afraid of some changes some of the time and we often wait till we are 100 percent sure of success before we get going. We are afraid of failing, afraid of not achieving the amazing result and thus choose to not start anything at all.
This fear of failing is not a flaw, it is a part of who we are. If fear did not exist, we would all be leaping off cliffs without hesitation! The problem we face though is that the same fear that keeps us safe, also stops us from taking action and accomplishing anything.
When we think about accomplishments, we often make the mistake of focussing on the power of that singular moment of reaching the goal.
We yearn to reach it but we also fear not making it because we stick all of our hopes and dreams on that one accomplishment and we assume that it would be the end of the world if we don’t make it.
Nevertheless, in order to achieve anything, we need to take a leap of faith and we can sweeten the process by changing how we view accomplishments.
1. An Accomplishment is also a Starting Point
Harvey Mackay said: A great accomplishment shouldn't be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.
Most of us see accomplishments as a one-time event. We see it as a glorious moment of reaching the top of Mount Everest and sticking that flag at the summit. Fireworks go off and confetti thrown, we imagine that moment as pure bliss, pure joy and a moment we will never forget. Alas, that isn’t always true.
That feeling of euphoria we think will go on long after the moment of accomplishment is a fleeting emotion. We over-estimate the joy we feel at the moment and we over-estimate just how long we will keep that in memory.
We pile all our hopes and dreams on that one goal and when we achieve it and only makes marginally happy, we get incredibly disappointed.
But what if we simply think of an accomplishment as not the final chapter but as a starting point for your next goal?
If you think about it, goals like making money, meeting someone or even losing weight is usually a precursor to something else. Something bigger, more meaningful.
You may want to make money to achieve a dream lifestyle or you may want to lose weight in order to help you get closer to your bigger dream of completing an Ironman Triathlon.
The point is, life is a journey and we need to create and reach different milestones in order for us to be excited about having something to reach for. When we think of a goal simply as a milestone in a journey and not the final means to eternal happiness, it allows us to feel less fearful about taking the leap of faith.
2. Creating Your Goal as a Milestone
Now that you know one of the way to take a leap of faith is by seeing an accomplishment as merely a milestone along your journey, how can you start making this a reality?
In my article on creating a life transformation plan for yourself, I wrote a few things about achieving goals:
3. You Need to be Clear on What your Destination is
-Only a clear destination will get you clear checkpoints on the map. If you do not know where you are heading then it will be impossible to set clear milestones to accomplish.
4. Not Planning is an Inevitable Plan to Fail
Imagine if you were an army general commanding troops in battle, you wouldn’t just rush out and shoot to kill just anyone at any time would you?No, you would plan it out in detail. Life is no different.
5. Be Flexible and Adapt to Changes
- Most people are set on their ways about things and if it doesn’t go as planned then the world is coming to an end. Well, life isn’t always going to hand you lemons when you cupboard is bare, use other fruits that come your way.
6. In Conclusion
It is inevitable that we feel fear when it comes to taking action, the idea that our lives could be so different alarms us. It is not unusual to hesitate before taking a leap of faith but now you can take comfort in knowing that your next accomplishment will not be your last and could be the beginning of your next success.