Last week at “The Enchanted Business Woman’s Luncheon” I shared a simple Leadership and Success tip, about business. “Just jump in,” I said. “No matter where you are . . . just jump in and get started.” The journey will answer the questions and show you the way.
As the week progressed, I penetrated some of the deeper layers of that tip. Here is what I learned: So many of us get paralyzed in a desire for perfection that we don’t ever jump; or if we do, we jump out as quickly as the difficulties set in. We feel like “staying where we are” keeps us safe, but the truth is, it doesn’t. It just keeps us small.
I have been shape-shifting both my business vision and mission for several years. I have had multiple names for it and muse that I have enough business cards to “quilt a baby blanket.” I was sorta in it with one foot, and I was playing it safe. I reasoned that it was because I was still raising my last “dependent” child. And, while that was true, it was also true that my business vision is BIG, and that scares the hell out of me.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, as I transitioned through the final stages of the empty nest syndrome ” my business vision called to me, louder and louder. I didn’t want to listen. A long story short, the pain of not listening grew, and I eventually heeded the call and jumped more fully into “my business game.”
By jumping in, I learned that jumping in, exactly where I was, and not waiting until I had everything perfectly inline yielded the best insights. It brought to my awareness insights that I needed to competently move forward. Insights
- My project
- My values and objectives
- Those whom are a part of my vision—Clients, Colleagues and
Jumping in also brought clarity, showed me where I ultimately wanted to go, and the adjustments I need need to make to “get there” and achieve success.
Yes, I have hit my share of bumps along the way, and so will you, but as long as we stay “open to the learnings,” and stay the course,
we can mine the experiences for knowledge and data. In the words of J. Michael Derem, we can “Fail our Way to Success.” Walt
Disney did it! So did Elvis, Sylvester Stalone, and many others who became “household names.” Those people dared to dream. They pushed
beyond their fears, and they jumped. They inspire us. They have also shown us that “jumping” and being willing to find our way as we go will ultimately get us to our goals.
What is your Dream? What are your goals?
What say ye? Shall we jump?