“If you want to be successful, you have to jump, there’s no way around it. When you jump, I can assure you that your parachute will not open right away. But if you do not jump, your parachute will never open. If you’re safe, you’ll never soar!” – Steve Harvey –
I can’t think of any better quote to kick off this post than from the man himself, Steve Harvey. I believe it comes from his book, “Jump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve your Life of Abundance“. This was quoted to me a few months back before I quit my job by a close of my mine. The words have not left my ears since. I think about them every time the little voice in my head says “what in the world are you thinking“. Some days I’m certainly not sure, but I am certain. I’m certain I made the right decision for my well being. I jumped. I’d actually say I jumped a few times before I actually felt like I landed anywhere close to where I expected. I still feel like the parachute is waiting to be opened, but I haven’t hit the ground yet. I certainly didn’t expect to be where I am today, writing this blog…
This picture speaks volumes to my life. Just jump, you’ll never know what will happen until you jump. If you are thinking about your future, what you could accomplish, or dream of doing with your life, just jump. Don’t overthink it. Don’t get caught asking yourself “what-if”, this is a form of procrastination which will eat you alive from the inside. It can be crippling to your health, mentally and physically, to stay at your current job if you are unhappy, to remain in a negative relationship, or stick around friends who aren’t helping you grow. These decisions don’t come easy, but you’ve got to jump sooner than later.
Personally, I’ve made a lot of sacrifices in my life to be where I am today. I’m incredibly lucky to be where I am at, to have jumped. I am risking a lot to change my life to pursue dreams that aren’t yet clear. I do know one thing. I love writing. I love mindlessly spilling words onto the page or hammering away the keys of a keyboard to produce something unique to my life. I never knew it could have such a powerful impact on my life but it certainly has. What writing does for me is what closing a deal does for a Sales Rep (which I’ve done), it’s what the engineer gets from finishing a large project, the architect from designing a masterpiece, an artist finishing a piece of work, you get the point. It is a feeling of fulfillment, accomplishment, and achievement followed by a desire to keep going. To continue improving and becoming better each day.
What do I think of when I see this photo?
Memories of fear in my life. The fear of my first runs down the Extreme Terrain backcountry in Breckenridge, Colorado. The fear of another false summit throughout my first hike up Mount Washington. The fear of massive waves crushing my spirit and confidence paddling out for my 2nd time surfing. The fear of missing out on an opportunity (or FOMO). We are always missing out on something. Make sure you are focusing on what’s most important so you limit this feeling.
I’ve spent this beautiful Sunday in Wilmington, NC writing, basically all day. I edited my website (I hope you like the new theme), signed up for a WordPress course, and Web Design course to work on the important skills as a Freelance Writer. Oh yeah, I also completed my first paid Freelance Writing project today. They loved my work enough to extend the contract for another two weeks or so. I’m really excited and hope to deliver nothing but the best (or my best) from this point on! I’m not rich yet, but as Tony Robbins says, “Progress Equals Happiness“.
I’m incredibly grateful for everyone in my life. Thank you all for the constant help, guidance, support, and love through all the shenanigans over the years. Most importantly my family, friends, and acquaintances along the way.
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Have an amazing week everybody!