Not Ready to Jump In

Last month I encouraged you to use the power of imagination and really explore an idea. I encouraged you to take an idea and play with it. When you came to a boundary let the spirit of play release the fear and logic and bring a bit of curiosity to new possibilities. I asked you to come to the edge of what is possible and imagine venturing out into the impossible.

How did you do?

Did you have some fun playing with the possibilities?  

Where you able to jump into your thinking? Or did you find yourself hesitating?

I am usually really good at this exercise and yet this year was different. Honestly, I found myself wondering why fear replaced my curiosity. And more importantly how was I going to get my curiosity and imagination back.

As you know I teach skiing as one of my passion activities. I had a client over MLK weekend come to the slopes and say in so many words “I have never skied, I am not an athlete, I am afraid and I want to ski so I can be with my family having fun.” I love an opportunity. We took our time and she met her goal. As we wrapped up our day on the slopes she shared how her sense of accomplish will give her joy on and off the slopes. And, when she remembers that feeling she will be able to spark many more accomplishments in her future.

There it was a possible solution to my dilemma.

What would happen if I challenged myself to take on a something completely new? What would happen if I gave myself the opportunity to learn something new, try something a bit scary? If I am able to find and reconnect to the joy of concurring a fear how would that impact my ability to work through my current impasse to really imagining all that was possible?

I have said “As a Coach I know the power of a life full of passionate playful engagement.”

It is time to engage. This February I have challenged myself to try something that is outside my comfort zone. I’ll keep you posted. If you want to join in with your own challenge or just follow along I welcome your comments and your encouragement.

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4 Responses to Not Ready to Jump In

  1. ridetheglide says:

    Here is a quick update on my February Challenge. I began to give some thought to just what activity I could do that would challenge me. What would take me out of my comfort zone? I am an athlete and so should I do something that is not athletic? Is there an activity that I have wanted to try and for whatever reason I had not? Reality check -what is my budget to this challenge?

    I have a few ideas and I am going to look into them and continue to explore possibilites.

    What struck me most about giving this some thought was this. Just thinking about challenging myself reminded me that I have done this before and had fun and success in the process.
    Yesterday I had some work that I was previously hesitant about that I confidently move forward with.

    Has my challenge already begun to make a difference in my thinking? In my action?

  2. ridetheglide says:

    So here are the various activities that have come to mind, why they are in consideration or not.

    Horse Riding Lesson – I used to ride now and then as a kid. My sister loved to ride too. Her oldest daughter is a beautiful rider/jumper and I see her joy when she is riding. The reason I stopped riding and why I am timid around these beautiful amimals is I was bitten by a horse as a teenager. Not sure of true desire and cost may to high for something I really do not plan of continuing.

    Poetry Class – There is a creative side of me that would be fun to explore. I enjoy poetry and I think it would be interesting and challenging to learn more about the process of writing poetry. If I did this the scary part would come in sharing my poem(s). I am pretty private believe it or not.

    Watercolor Painting Class – Again there is a creative side of me that I have not really explored for fear of not being that good. Interesting to acknowledge that particular fear.

    Home Improvement Class – I have a project at home that has been on hold. I do not want to pay the cost that a professional would charge because I think I could do the project myself for significantly less cost. The challenge is I am a picky perfectionist when it come to home improvement projects. The fear I have is that I will mess up this room. Even now this sounds kind of lame.

    Ok, final idea and it does take advance of my athletic ability and so I may disqualify it on that basis.
    Trapeze Swinging Class. – There are a few reasons this idea intrigued me. First, I am uncomfortable with heights especially when asked to “let go”. Second, I would have to rely on my partner and I am naturally a individual player. Third, I have a favorite quote that I found years ago and this would bring that quote alive. Here is the quote and you can see what I mean.
    From “Fear of Transformation” by Danaan Parry
    “Sometimes I feel that my life is a series of trapeze swings. I’m either hanging on to a trapeze bar swinging along or for a few moments in my life, I’m hurtling across space in between trapeze bars…Each time I let go, I am filled with terror. It doesn’t matter that in all my previous hurtles across the void of knowing, I have always made it…I have noticed that, in our culture, the transition zone is looked upon as the “nothing”, a no-place between places…What a Waste! I have a sneaking suspicion that the transition zone is the only real thing, and the bars are the illusions we dream up to avoid the void, where the real change, the real growth occurs for us…Hurtling through the void, we just may learn to fly. ”

    That’s all for now and I’ll keep you posted.

  3. Barbara says:

    I think it is telling that I can easily find a trapeze swinging class and it is not easy to find a one time poetry writing class. Research and scheduling considerations continue. I am back on my skis tomorrow and looking forward to “the glide”.

  4. ridetheglide says:

    The February Challenge did not play out as I expected and yet it did play a role in facing a fear.
    I was not able to take a class as I had hope. Finding a class and matching availability to my schedule proved to be “the challenge”. However, remember how I mentioned that I notice that just exploring this idea has shifted my energy. This last month as I explored places where I might play with facing a fear, I connected to the desired feeling of accomplishment that comes from meeting a challenge. That shift in my energy moved me into action in a way I had not expected. This last month I took on a conversation I had been avoiding; played with new ideas on how to approach the conversation, got clear on my desired outcome and fearlessly took the leap of faith into action. Maybe the process was not what I expected and yet the outcome is just fine. I am “Ready to Jump In” to all that lies ahead.

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