Jumping over something with great force and with great height is terrifying. That’s why we call it “taking a leap of faith”.
If there is one thing I’ve learned from my gymnastics days it’s exactly that.
When your one goal is to spring over a stationary object that’s almost taller than you and the only way to ever succeed is to run towards it at full speed, let’s just say you quickly understand the meaning of the expression.
Pros always make it look easy.
The truth is there are a lot of things to consider before taking what seems like a leap of faith.
There is a long moment of contemplation usually.
One has to decide which feet should go first. Then there is the question of how far away one should be before they start running.
I personally always felt better taking a few steps back before attempting anything.
Then there is the dreaded run. Confidence is high for the first few strides but the closer you get to the vault, it gets lower and lower until you either stop to run or slow down so much that jumping over is impossible.
After failing over and over to get any height from the springboard, you learn that having a good hurdle is primordial.
Ironically, a hurdle in common speak refers to a difficulty. In gymnastics it’s the name we give to the final step before performing a skill.
The beginning of a new year can feel very much like standing at the start line waiting to perform a very hard trick.
We have a goal in front of us, the only way to get to it is by rushing towards it full speed. It’s tempting to take a step back before launching ourselves forward. Once we start actually getting somewhere we lose our confidence.
We sell ourselves short by stopping altogether or chugging along unenthusiastic-ally, making our accomplishments non-existent or non-impressive.
Every time we fail and try again we get a little more experience in facing obstacles.
In gymnastics and in life, one day we eventually get the steps right.
A bad hurdle or hurdles don’t get in our way. We have force and height.
It seems like we will get exactly what we want. A perfect landing or that perfect career or whatever else.
It can all come crashing down.
Because even when you’ve mastered the hurdle, stuff like this still happens.
The key is getting back to the start time and time again.
Some day you may reach perfection but remember you’ll have to do it all over again. And again.
Better start working on your hurdle people!
I wish you all a happy New Year and if you happen to fall on your butt in 2017, laugh it off and start again.
What are your goals for 2017?
Are you going to be taking a leap of faith this year?
I’d love to know in the comments.