“Jump in OB. The water’s great,” they shouted up to me from the quarry.
“Yeah, yeah, I’ll be there in a minute,” I shouted back.
But secretly I was thinking: Umm, there’s no way I am jumping in that quarry. My little buddy, Fear, and I will just hang out and watch everyone else have a great time.
Sitting on the edge watching everyone else leap forward is good enough.
That was the scene about 15 years ago during the Tyler Place Resort Mountain-Bike Ride, the capstone to our family vacation. Each Friday at Tyler Place, guests head out for a mountain-bike ride through Vermont’s single track, which hugs Lake Champlain. It’s great fun.
And the piece de resistance of the ride is throwing caution to the wind and jumping into the quarry. It’s a 34-foot drop (see video) from the edge to the water below.
The easy part, at least for me, was the mountain-bike ride. The jump? Not so much.
I’m a strong believer of Sheryl Sandberg’s lean in message. I love it because as a business leadership coach and motivational speaker, I witness many people who just sit on the sidelines and settle for good enough rather than choosing to lean in and take action.
The truth is, sometimes, to really breakthrough to the next level of success, you need to jump in with both feet.
I was doing plenty of leaning in at the quarry. I would gingerly walk to the edge, look down, gulp, and scurry back. I did this about three times until I finally asked myself: What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
The answer: I would jump in.
In that moment, I knew I had a choice. I could listen to my little buddy Fear, or I could leap forward into the unknown and jump in.
I ended up jumping in four times that day.
That literal leap of faith gave me the confidence I needed to make the decision to jump from executive leadership to starting my own coaching and consulting firm.
As I was making my decision on my career jump, my reliable little buddy Fear showed up again to harass me and stir up limiting beliefs.
Michael, what if you can’t provide for your family?
What if you embarrass yourself?
What if you can’t run your own business?
Just like at the quarry, I had to take a leap of faith. Neither leap was easy. But, I realized I had a choice: I could let Fear drive my decision or I could trust my talents, instincts, and enthusiasm and jump in.
And again, I jumped.
I’m so thankful I did.
Whether you’re jumping into a quarry, voicing your opinion, changing careers, or going for that big promotion, Fear has a way of making you doubt yourself. It does everything it can to hold you back.
Your job is to name the Fear and jump in in spite of it.
So, let me ask you: What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
How would your work be different?
Are you tired of settling for “good enough?”
If you answered yes, that’s terrific because you know that good enough isn’t really good enough if you want to maximize success in your career and life.
If you are looking for a partner who can help you move beyond good enough, I encourage you to contact me today. Reference this blog post, in our call, and I’ll give you a special offer to help you leverage your belief system and maximize your career and life.
Go ahead. What are you waiting for? Jump in. The water is great.
In his coaching practice, Peloton Coaching & Consulting, Michael O'Brien partners with today's business leaders to help them move from functional performance to optimal performance. His aim is to change lives by enhancing leadership energy, engagement, and fulfillment, and demonstrating how these qualities can cascade throughout organizations. To Learn more about Michael and Peloton Coaching & Consulting, visit www.pelotoncc.net.