“If you do not jump, your parachute will never open. You will never know what God truly has for you…”- Steve Harvey
If you’ve read any of my prior posts, you will know that Steve Harvey’s story is one of my biggest inspirations. I have both famous and “famous-to-me” people who inspire me each day. On a recent taping of his show, he added a new segment where he encouraged a woman to JUMP. His words were powerful. He said that every successful person must jump at some point. “You cannot just exist in this life. You have got to live…If you do not jump, your parachute will never open. You will never know what God truly has for.”-Steve Harvey
If you do not jump, you will simply carry around that parachute filled with those amazing gifts and talents. I sent a weekly motivational email to my subscribers encouraging them to JUMP. I wanted to go further and actually talk about how one can prepare to jump. So often, people believe that jumping is reserved for entrepreneurs and people who dream of celebrity status. You can jump in your 9-5 and still live an enjoyable life.
So how can one even begin to jump? Where do you start? Here are my 3 Ways to JUMP:
Identify What Truly Makes YOU Happy: I encourage my clients to live the life they desire. Do not live a life that someone else would prefer you to live. Find your passion. Find a career you enjoy. If you are not in a perfect fit, take the necessary steps to begin preparing for the career you want. You must take action. Jumping could involve taking one class per semester towards that nursing degree, while raising your two children. You do not have to quit your 9-5 while you’re jumping. I will never encourage everyone to be an entrepreneur. To be completely honest, my mother and father are entrepreneurs. In working closely with their businesses, I know the hard work and often long hours it takes to maintain a business. On the other hand, if entrepreneurship is your desire, what small steps (small jumps) can you take each day towards the ultimate goal (big jump)? The first step is to identify what makes you happy. If you enjoy baking, you can begin baking after work for a small fee (not free, lol) to friends, coworkers, and/or even extensions of your circle. You can turn your passion into real income. You may be able to get out of debt sooner than you expected.
Customize Your Jump: Everyone will have a different jump. We all have different gifts and talents. I know I will not be jumping out there tomorrow to become a Nascar Driver! (lol) It just isn’t my gift. However, whatever you passion is, you must follow it. I can truly say that my “jumps” were worth the late nights and even uncertainties. I’m still jumping! I remember leaving a job I had been in for nearly 5 years to pursue a promotion opportunity. I was NERVOUS! I did not necessarily doubt my ability but it was leaving the comfort of what I knew versus the unknown. You have to create the best jump for you. It may involve stepping out of your comfort zone and taking that job that may have a longer commute. It may provide the experience that you would not have received otherwise. It may only be temporary but be the very stepping stone to your next promotion or next chapter of your life. If I did not jump, I would not have monetized my true passion, helping others. I always enjoyed mentoring and tutoring. I am blessed to have a 9-5 where I truly love what I do. It also allows for me to work from home 3 consecutive days a week. I jumped. I’ll have to tell you the details of my jump(s) one day. In short, I went from countless long hours (7am-7pm) and a long commute to working at home where my schedule is pretty flexible. However, I had to get a few bruises to truly embrace and earn the freedom I have today.
JUMP: It does not matter if it is a mini, size of a mustard seed, jump. Just do not go back. Do not second guess yourself when your own inner negative thoughts start to sink in. In this life, we should constantly be growing and learning. If you are in a job you hate, complaining will not change a thing. You must find a way to jump. Customize that jump to fit for you. Do not get bogged down in feeling like you are behind in the life game. This is your jump(s) to take. Do it at your pace but you must do it. Do not self-sabatoge the jump. There is so much life out there to experience or simply so many hours that could be spent with the ones you love versus at a job you hate.
I could go on and on about jumping. I truly believe the jump, the climb, the journey, will be different for each of us. The most important thing is that you are constantly speaking positivity into your life, into your journey. At some point, you’ll have no other choice but to jump.
Pursue your passion for it is tied to your gift….
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“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”- Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. A life taken to soon, he did not get to witness all of his dreams come into fruition. We still have a long way to go as a society, however, many of the things he spoke of have come into fruition. I will not go into how things can improve or how we all must be held accountable for our role in society. This post is about DREAMS. We all have them. How many times have you woke up and thought what the heck did I just dream about? Have you ever felt like that dream was too real? What about those goals, your desires, those dreams…How many of us are guilty of placing our dreams on hold? Have you put them on the shelf because someone told you they were too big? To be honest, sometimes we tell ourselves that we are not ready or we cannot do it. We have to get out of our own way. This is not always easy. Believe me, I know. I constantly have to stop and take account of am I helping myself or sabotaging myself. I have a dream….you have a dream. Quite frankly, we are all forced to dream. I mean really, did you ask for that crazy dream last night about nothing?!? 🙂 Dreams can come true but we have play our part. I have to play my part. There are things I have been desiring for years. You ever witness friends or associates accomplishing the very things you at one point wanted? Obviously, Continue Reading!