Take Me Beyond My Current Limitations

Many years ago, I found myself standing on the edge of a crane at a county fair in Iowa. Somehow, I thought it was a good idea to put on a harness, be taken up into the air a few hundred feet, and jump head first toward a giant blow up mat with the outline of a dead body staring at me on the way down.

I remember standing there ready to jump. Aside from the outline of the dead body, I saw hundreds of tiny heads looking up at me waiting for me to take the plunge. As I leaned over the edge I heard the guy in the crane say, “On the count of three let go. 1, 2, 3!” I said, “Nope!”

This guy was amazingly patient. He said, “Ok. Let’s try this again. This time, turn around and simply allow yourself to fall backwards on the count of three. 1, 2, 3!” I said, “No way!” Then petrified, I walked away from the edge to where my friend was standing.

My friend said, “Gina, you don’t have to jump if you don’t want to. It’s totally up to you.”

In that moment of choice, something magical happened. I just looked at my friend and said, “Nope.” Then I took a leap to the edge like I was on a high dive, and literally did a swan dive off the platform into the air! Scared to death one minute; the next minute I’m free falling head first.

I had never felt such freedom. Little did I know how life changing that jump would be.

Over the last 20-years I have found myself hanging over the edge of that crane hundreds of times. When I was deciding on whether to get a divorce, walk away from a secure job to start my business, have a baby, go to grad school, walk away from toxic relationships…the list goes on and on. And every time I’m faced with that “big something” that terrifies me, I remember the moment when I took a leap of faith and did a swan dive off the crane that evening in Iowa—and I remember how good it felt after I jumped.

I also remember how many times it took me to jump and why I finally jumped. That memory allows me to give myself a little grace and be patient with my own internal process as I navigate life. It also reminds me that I always have choice. That no matter how restrictive life may feel in the moment, there’s always an alternative. If one choice creates a feeling of restriction or limitation there’s always another option that will allow me to feel free.

For me, it’s not a matter of if I’ll jump; but rather, when I’ll jump. It may take me three tries before gathering enough courage to take the plunge, and that plunge may be in a completely different direction than I originally thought, but I will jump. And I’ll inevitably jump because I know how good it feels to be on the other side and free.

What are you waiting for? Jump.

Do what you love, and love what you do. Gina Soleil provides motivation and coaching for corporate executives. Through her fresh new approach to business, she teaches you how to become the happiest person you know WHILE performing better than ever and successfully mastering work and life. It’s time to live your best life now!

What Blocks Success and How to Change It

Worry2Success comes not from timidity but from committing yourself fully to realizing your dream.

Are you a master complainer or do you seize every moment in front of you as an opportunity to get closer to your dream? Most people are master complainers; wasting away precious time complaining about what they don’t have, what they can’t get, or what’s not available to them due to this or that. Are you falling victim to your own complaining?

Let me be the voice of reason. It’s time to stop complaining and start taking ownership for your reality. Remember, your reality is a direct reflection of you. What you put into this world is exactly what you get back. Like attracts like. If you don’t like what you’re getting from your job or relationships YOU need to choose to change–to be bold and commit yourself to realizing your dream.

Corporate America is a breeding ground for complaining and falling victim to the woe is me epidemic. The average person has approximately 70,000 thoughts per day. In business many of those thoughts sound like this: Politics are keeping me down. I’m too old. I’m too young. I have a mean boss. I don’t have enough experience. I have too much experience. I don’t like this. I don’t like that. The list goes on and on. People choose to complain because it’s easy. Complaining keeps us “safe” from having to face our greatest fear–the unknown. Many people choose to stay safe and miserable because it’s easier than finding out what’s on the other side of, “What if…?”

Here’s my challenge to you today: rather than falling victim to your own complaining, choose to be bold and do one thing that gets you closer to your dream. Step outside your comfort zone, your box, and face your fear of, “What if?” Unleash your adventurous side! Take a risk and be daring.

Gina Soleil, is a speaker and acclaimed author of Fuel Your Business: How to energize people, ignite action and drive profit. She blogs and speaks about how to create a business where people are energized, feel good and are happy. Visit Gina Soleil and follow her on Twitter.