There are points in your life when you are called to take a leap of faith.
- You want to do something that is positive for your life, but you're afraid.
- You're afraid in case it doesn't work out the way you want.
- You're worried you don't know exactly how to do it.
- You don't want to make a mistake.
- You don't want to risk anything.
- You want a crystal ball, to ensure you're making the right decision.
Critical “Pivot Point” Moments
Can you recall one of those times in your life when you've had a gut instinct that you needed or wanted to do something new, but you felt hesitant?
Maybe there was uncertainty or risk involved, going outside your comfort zone. Maybe you were worried that your gut instinct might be wrong, questioning yourself.
These are critical moments. I call them “Pivot Points”.
They are times in our lives when our inner voice is asking us to make change happen, and if we do, then our lives can elevate to the next level.
But fear often rears up so intensely that it threatens to kill that possibility!
I remember this only too well…
The Leap of Faith I Almost Didn't Take
In 2005 I was in London, and preparing to move home to New Zealand. I reached out to a few contacts back home to suss out work opportunities.
At that point in my career, I had been doing office management, events and project co-ordination. That was all I knew. And I was bored of it. I knew I wanted to do something new and interesting, but I had no idea what.
Back then I didn't particularly like being outside my comfort zone. Well, the truth is, I HATED IT! I preferred doing what I was already good at, and being as perfect as I could be. It was easy. The formula worked for me.
But the Universe had something different in mind.
One of the people I knew in New Zealand offered me a job in their HR consulting firm, as a Recruitment Consultant to build and deliver a new part of the business.
This entirely freaked me out. I would have to “put myself out there” with clients, do sales and business development, and work out how to sound and look like an expert with clients I was assigned to help.
None of that sounded like fun to me. All of it sounded risky. Potential for failure. Uncertain and icky.
But while part of me wanted to sprint in the other direction, another part of me had this strange and clear inkling that this job could be a powerful new trajectory for me.
I had this tug of war – between my fear and my inner voice.
I remember thinking to myself, “I will never know what could come of this unless I give it go.”
It was obvious what was required. This situation called for a leap of faith.
I think I even said to the man hiring me, “I'm not sure if this is for me, but I'm willing to give it a go and see what happens. And if I don't like it, I'll leave.” Nothing like a bit of honesty!
Lucky for me I did give it a go. I took a leap of faith. I invested trust in my inner voice and put the fear and questioning aside…
I decided to give the job 6 months as a test and signed the contract.
And then I cried. A lot.
I was freaking out that I'd made a mistake. Terrified of having to manage clients and do sales. Me? Heck no!
I felt sick in my stomach. A few times I considered changing my mind and running back to my comfort zone.
But my inner voice kept whispering, telling me to walk forward.
And, as it turned out, that decision to take a leap of faith was the BEST decision I made in my career to that point. 6 months turned into 6 years.
I'd never learned so much, laughed so hard, made so many contacts, adored so many workmates, and been so well treated in a job as I was during those years.
Moral of the Story – Sometimes you just gotta know when to leap.
New Perspectives to Help You Take a Leap of Faith
To support you, I'm going to give you my tried and true approach for taking leaps of faith.
I've used this approach many times, not just with this career decision.
I used it again 6 years later with knowing when to leave that job to start my own business, with selling our home and going to Hawaii to write my second book, and with later moving to live in Bali (having never even visited there before!)
In this article below I'm sharing a few facts about taking leaps of faith, to help you see “leaping” from a new perspective. We'll be covering…
- The main reason most people don't take a leap of faith when that is exactly what the situation calls for
- How to know you're ready to leap
- What taking a leap of faith is REALLY about, i.e. why it's called a leap of “faith”
- Why leaps of faith don't have to involve ONE BIG dramatic leap off a cliff!
- The “out clause” you can tuck under your belt when you jump
- The mindset and attitude that is essential for you to leap with confidence
- The key as to whether things will work out for you
You're Never Going to Have ALL the Answers
When it comes to doing something new in your life, you prepare as much as possible. You research and gather information. You analyse the possibilities. You plan it out.
But, there is only so much preparation you can do. There comes a point when you've prepared, and prepared some more, and prepared even more. And then you realise something that scares you…
You realise there are some questions that you will NEVER get answers to.
For example, “What is going to happen?” and “Will this work out?”
We all want to predict what comes next, and define our exact path and outcomes. But that just isn't how life works. We can define what we want and how we want to go about making it happen, and then we have to give over to the uncertainty of life. We have to…
Here's the dealio. A leap of faith is NOT blind faith. There is nothing blind about it!
A leap of faith is intuition. It's an innate, deep knowing that won't go away. It's a whisper that keeps calling to you. It's a passion, or an inspiration that draws you forward.
And once you've prepared as much as you can, and you notice you still have unanswered questions (questions you might never get answers to), then it all comes down to trusting yourself.
You invest in faith, not fear. You trust yourself.
We're funny ol' creatures as human beings…
- Have you ever noticed how willing you are to trust other people, and the advice of “experts” or authority figures?
- And have you noticed how you would trust other people more than you would trust yourself?
Often people relegate their intuition to the bottom of the pile and ignore it, hoping someone else will tell them what to do.
One of the lessons you learn on the personal growth journey, and particularly on the spiritual journey, is that instead of pinning your faith on other people and advice outside of yourself, you are being asked to put your faith in yourself.
It's time to remember who you really are! You are powerful. This Universe helped to create you, and it supports you. The Universe is mirrored in every cell of your body. You have powerful life force energy flowing through you. You are intricately connected to everything in this Universe and the wisdom that underpins it.
And your intuition is other worldly. It whispers to you on purpose, with feelings, telling you what to step away from, and what to step into.
It's all about trusting this.
A Leap of Faith is Not Always a Literal Leap
One helpful thing I discovered on my journey, which I hope you will find useful to, is the realisation that taking a leap of faith doesn't mean you leap off a cliff.
I used to think that leaps of faith always involved big change, big risk and dramatic decisions. But that simply isn't true. It's not diving into the abyss.
A leap of faith can be one small little step forward. Followed by one more small step forward. Followed by another. And over time you realise that your many little faith-based steps add up cumulatively to create a leap of faith.
So challenge yourself on what you think a “leap of faith” is, and what images these words conjure up in your mind.
Then train yourself to see it as nothing more than small, safe steps in the direction that your intuition leads you.
If You Leap & You Don't Like the Result
I like to keep things real. So let's address your worst fear.
You fear that things won't work out. You'll take the leap of faith, and regret it. You won't like the new career, the new location, the relationship. You'll look back and wish you hadn't done it. You'll feel upset at yourself, regretful or whatever other “worse case scenarios” your mind likes to come up with.
Well guess what…
If you do something in life and it doesn't work out… CHANGE IT, DO SOMETHING ELSE, KEEP JOURNEYING.
You have the right to try as many things as you want, to play with life. And at any time when it doesn't feel good and you prefer something different, you have the right to choose again.
There is no failing when you leap. Someone who leaps is always a winner. Someone who follows their intuition is FULLY ALIVE.
Whether you get the external “result” you want or not, you are succeeding in your soul journey.
You are one of the few that is tuned into your inner knowing. You are connected with the life force around you and flowing through you.
What keeps most people stuck is worrying about failing, risking something, losing something, and what other people will think of them.
My attitude (which can be your attitude too if you wish!) is this…
- Things I do might not work out, but that never makes me a failure. Being a failure is only possible for people who believe in that word and choose to have it in their vocab. So just delete it from your dictionary. Free yourself. When things don't work out, you're awesome regardless.
- If you're thinking about taking a leap and you risk losing something, you have to be clear on what value that “something” has. There are very few things in this life that are truly, deeply valuable and irreplaceable. Be conscious of what you're placing value on, and whether it's more important than your happiness and the greatest possibilities for your life.
- With regards to what other people think – who freaking cares! People who have time to sit around and judge you are not people worth worrying about. They can sit in the stands and think what they want. You're too busy living life fully to worry about that.
The Big Question
“But, if I leap, will it work out?” – the big question that plays over and over again.
Ultimately, if you want to know if things will work out for you (with anything in life), it all comes down to whether you BELIEVE it will.
Those who believe are in a powerful position to create the optimal outcomes available. That doesn't mean things go exactly accordingly to your predefined plan. But it means that if you've prepared thoroughly, followed your intuition, and you've paid attention to how life is guiding you, that you will be lead into your highest potential.
You will experience exactly what life knows you need at that time – for your learning, for your healing, for your growth, for your contribution to this world, and for your happiness.
I would love to hear from you, so do leave a comment below and let me know what's up with you!
- What you are considering leaping out of or into?
- What leaps of faith have you taken in the past, and what did you discover as a result?
- What mindset adjustments do you know you need to make?
- What action will you take?
With love, Bernadette