There’s a video on YouTube called: “Steve Harvey talks to audience: Jump.” When the cameras weren’t rolling, the talk show host told his audience that “Every successful person in this world has jumped.”
Steve Harvey’s talk is insanely inspirational, touching on the consequences of staying in a job you hate. Now, before you go quitting your job . . . here are some of the implications and nuances I pondered after watching this video.
If they really tune into themselves, most people can access what they yearn for, and when the facts of their lives aren’t congruent with their inner promptings, they begin to feel stuck, or trapped—or even hopeless.
To start a new endeavor can mean very little money while shouldering tons of work and responsibility. If you look at the life of Steve Jobs, there were many highs, devastating lows, and betrayals that went both ways. Business is always a lot of work, but if you follow your feelings, you eventually start concentrating more on the parts you’re good at or those you love, and the business starts supporting you in more ways than simply money.
It’s January, when we think about how it’s going to be different this year.
But when the birds sing, the snow melts and the trees are decked out with pink and white blossoms, spring too holds the promise of renewal. And after some lazy days of heat, the bracing fall air and bright foliage invests our spirits with renewed purpose . . . somehow our body still hears the faint echo of “back to school.”
What can you do that “feeds” you, challenges you and excites you this year?
You have numerous opportunities to jump.
But you owe it to yourself to ask: Do I want to jump or do I want to fly?
If you jump, it could be from a huge rock as you splash into a deep, serene lake.
Or it could be into an unforgiving rocky crevasse . . . where meet your end.
If you do make a big commitment this year, your jump depends on faith—and not just a fleeting sense of faith, but “keeping the faith.”
If there’s something you’d like to do in 2016, you may not be up for climbing to the top of the Empire State Building in order to jump.
But you can start with something small and delightful.
It’s no secret that some of the most successful people rely on their intuition in business.
Sometimes they don’t know why they decided to employ a specific person or hire a business coach, but it just “felt right.” And you may want to explore an area that doesn’t entirely make sense to you, it just clicks in.
If you’d actually like to fiddle around with starting a business, take a class in something relevant to that . . . but make sure it’s fun.
Write down the qualities you’re looking for if you start a business or even a pastime: More flex time? Freedom? More money? More people surrounding you that stimulate your imagination? More fun? More excitement?
Identify what you’re yearning for. Is it community? Mastering a skill? A way to get out of your head by working with your hands?
I took several Venice Adult School woodworking classes because I wanted to create beauty. But I also did it because:
- There were amusing people in the class, including the teacher
- We “wood nerds” became a community
- I was able to walk away with something beautiful and useful for my home
- I also walked away with confidence
I spent three months in Maine taking a furniture craftsmanship class, and:
- There was even more camaraderie
- Nothing felt better than pushing my goggles to the top of my head with my hair piled up six inches, feeling anchored and strong and capable in my work boots, high on accomplishment after using the saws in the workroom
- I soared on creativity designing my own furniture projects
I have always taken for granted the fact that I don’t have a lot of patience.
But looking back, in that workshop:
- I somehow possessed the patience to spend an entire week honing my chisels
- I painstakingly cut my own dovetails
- I had to go to every movie or event everything myself if I wanted any social life because I was the only female in the class and most of the guys were afraid to talk to me
In my daily life now, I finally recognize that I have not only patience but a joy for editing, feeling the beauty of the words, and the satisfaction of the rhythm, pace and rightness of the prose.
If you’ve been meaning to do something stimulating this year, no matter how big or small . . . take one step. You may be creating a whole new world for yourself . . . or you’ll discover a quality or talent you never thought you possessed.
I’m not talking about promising to go the gym every day or losing 15 pounds. I’m talking about something you really enjoy. Something that feeds you.
Identify what you’re yearning for. Is it engagement? Mastering a skill? Getting out of your head? Creating more fun in your life?
Because feeling accomplished in one area saturates everything else in your life . . . and prepares you for the bigger steps, as it’s weaving the feathers for the wings you’ll use to fly.