It’s a brand new day of a brand new year.
How many of you contemplate where you have been and what you have accomplished in the past year and set intentions, create a vision or new goals for the year ahead?
The older I get the more I challenge myself to expand, grow and dig deeper each year. Staying stagnant may feel comfortable and familiar but at the same time restrictive and toxic.
I spent many years of my life playing it safe and doing the same old same old, whether it be with the foods I chose to eat, the people I chose to spend my time with or the career I was in. Now, not all of those things were bad by any means. It was just when I would start to desire more or felt discontent in any way that the comfortable was not enough. I had to take inventory of what did not serve me anymore and push myself into a space of being uncomfortable in order to allow myself to grow and expand and achieve what I desired.
This concept can be applied pretty much to any area of our lives. We may find ourselves unhappy with our physical body, struggling with DIS-ease or chronic pain. Staying stagnant certainly will not ever get us out of the place of discontent or DIS-ease. We may have to take inventory of what does not serve us anymore and push ourselves into unchartered territory, let go of foods or lifestyle choices that are not working for our bodies and embrace new things. That can be scary.
We may find ourselves unhappy with our current job, a relationship we are in or even personal baggage we have been holding onto for years. The thought of change can keep us frozen in fear and remaining in what is familiar.
So what do you do when you take inventory of your life, reflect back and look ahead and desire more than the comfortable?
I am not saying to jump without an action plan or the proper gear, but rather embrace the unfamiliar, get comfortable with the uncomfortable and trust that jumping into the unknown may very well be the very best move you have ever made in your life.
This past October my father turned 70 and my sister and I literally took a jump with him. He was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2010 and was told he had no more than three to five years to live if he did all available treatments. For a hot minute that diagnosis had my father frozen in fear and frozen in what was comfortable and known to him. Desiring to do all he could do to live life to its fullest he embraced change. Big time. He worked on stress, massively changed his diet and lifestyle and entered a very unfamiliar world to him. It paid off because so far, no cancer. To celebrate a birthday we never thought he would see we took him skydiving. Together, we jumped.
Trust me, there were moments that day when my brain said, “DO NOT DO THIS!” Fear would start to creep in and I would panic. But then I would remind myself that if I did not jump I would be missing out. Missing out on soaring through the air, missing out on experiencing this with my dad, missing out on growth. The first half of the jump I was shaking so violently and I had to continue to just trust that I was not going to die. As the shoot was opened and I began to soar exhilaration trumped the fear and I felt myself growing. I felt courageous and brave and ready for the next jump in my life, whatever that might be.
Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.”
This new day of a new year I challenge you to take inventory of your life and the areas where the comfortable has been holding you back, take a jump. It may very well be the very best thing you will ever do.
What areas of your life are you ready to take a jump in? Please let me know in the comments!