Taking a Leap of Faith

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in Work-life Balance | 6 comments

Jump and the net will appear. A comforting platitude, no doubt, but is it really true- will your net appear?

What if the net did not appear? What if you fell flat on your face? Yeah, sometimes that happens. There are no guarantees in life. There are no absolutes. There are no sure things. There is only you, so the real question is what are you going to do next?

If the outcome is not certain- and it’s never certain- what are you going to do? That’s the point of taking a leap of faith- you believe you’ll succeed but you don’t know it. That’s why it’s called a leap of faith.

I believe in taking leaps of faith. In fact, I recently took my own leap of faith when I resigned a burnout job without having another job lined up. Was I scared to make this leap? Hell yes, I was! Was it the best possible choice I could make in that situation? Hell yes, it was.

And it did work out for the best, by the way. I found another position before my final day at my previous job but that’s not really the best part. The best part is I’m no longer exhausted and used up to the point of exhaustion. That really sucked!

Every choice is really a leap of faith. We never know what will happen. Things often don’t work out the way we think they will, and often don’t work out the way we want, yet we always have the choice to learn from our mistakes, be grateful for what we have, and make the best of today.

If the outcome is not guaranteed, and I accept that I might fail, how can I make the leap?

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Set aside negative emotions

I’m not taking a leap of faith from a place of fear, anger, or resentment. Those emotions tell me not to leap, that leaping is too risky. My worst decisions are the ones influenced by fear, anger, or resentment.

Do what’s right

I was scared to resign a stable corporate job that was using me up, but I wasn’t willing to continue to be used up- that choice wasn’t right for me. Is it really right for anyone to give too much of themselves to a job?

Look before you leap

Before taking my leap I reviewed my budget and considered my choices should I end up unemployed for more than a few weeks. When I took my leap I had a reasonable plan and a few backup options. Making a thoughtful and careful choice helped me have faith.

Trust yourself

I am a confident and capable individual. I make the best of whatever is in front of me. I’ve been through hard times before and I’ve gotten through them. I can get through this, too.

Trusting myself gave me the courage to believe things would work out, even if it wasn’t in the way I originally wanted. I trust in my competency and my abilities.

I believe I can do this. Yes, I can!

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I love your comments! Have you ever taken a leap of faith? How did it work out for you?

6 Comments

  1. I’ve so fallen on my face more times then I care to share Chrysta! I’ve also never had the guts to leave a job without having another one lined up. I live alone and have no one to help support me so that’s just not something I can do. Of course the last time I left corporate America was not of my own will although I did will it to happen.

    You’re right though, we sometimes fall flat on our face and that’s okay. To me they’re all just learning experiences we all have to go through. Hey, life isn’t always fair. Or so it may seem that way to us but God always has a better plan in place.

    Trust yourself is the big one here. Trust yourself and all things are possible girl.

    So glad things have worked out for you. I just love hearing that and you get to share your experiences with us. Yay!!!

    Have a great week Chrysta.

    ~Adrienne

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Adrienne!

      I’ve certainly fallen on my face but the funny thing is I’ve found I’m more likely to fall when I’m doing what other people expect of me, or what I think other people think is right, instead of doing what I know is right for myself.

      Like quitting a job when I didn’t have another one lined up- I’ve actually done it multiple times throughout my career and some of those times where when I was single and self supporting. Somehow it always worked out- I think because my choice was not reckless and thoughtless but because my choice in that situation was the best possible choice I could make based on my current circumstances.

      But in the end, even if it didn’t work out- that’s okay! It’s all a learning experience! I’ve been through tough times before and no doubt I’ll go through them again. All I can do is try.

      Thanks for sharing your experience! Have a fantastic weekend!

      Chrysta

  2. I’m so glad that your leap of faith turned out good! Hope you’ll like your new job:-)

    • Thanks for your awesome comment! I do love my new job- it is a much better fit for me. I also love that it’s part time so I have more time to blog. :)

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  3. I just discovered your FB page and am happy to be able to see your posts. I am in the business of serving those who work in the church office by providing inspiration through writing and retreats/workshops. I believe I can learn a lot from you! Blessings.

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Linda!

      I’m so glad you found my blog! I am grateful I can share some inspiration.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Chrysta

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