Every year I come up with a theme for the upcoming year. I try to go with whatever is speaking the loudest to me in the moment. This year it is ‘stepping out of my comfort zone’. Even the simple act of choosing a theme and putting it out into the world is a first step in doing that.
Generally I’m a pro-active person and I do tend to take steps in the direction I want to go. But…they tend to be baby steps. I put myself out there in the way that you dip your toe in the water – get a feel for it but don’t commit too much in case it’s not what you expected.
This year I’m making a bigger commitment. I feel that I’m ready. I may start out by sitting at the side of the pool with both feet in, and then slide in my whole body. Or, I may take a step right into the pool, maybe even off of the diving board.
My ultimate vision is to step off the cliff as the image above suggests. It is often when we take the leap that the most unexpected things happen.
I recently had a vision which was really amazing. It was literally of me stepping off of a ledge. I could feel the fear before I did it but something made me take the leap. I knew it was my next step – even though it was a very large one. As I took the leap, I could feel my heart in my throat as I free fell for a moment or two.
And then, all of a sudden I was lifted up by a big slab of rock, almost like an elevator. It just slid under my feet and began to lift me quickly past the point where I had stepped off the ledge.
I continued to be lifted higher and higher, almost an exponential amount in comparison to my original leap. From the perspective that I now had, I could see how small that leap actually was, even though it felt enormous.
I’m not sure I can articulate what the message was for me aside from the inner knowing that everything will be all right. If I take a leap and step out of my comfort zone, I may free fall for a bit with some confusion or uncertainty but that these steps are precisely the things that are going to propel me forward and upward! Not only will things be all right, they will be even better than all right.
I share this in the hopes that it may inspire you to both choose a theme for the year ahead and also to take a step that feels a little uncomfortable for you.
Life is sometimes scary and sometimes messy but it is best lived with both feet in.
Here’s to a year full of leaps and bounds!