Jumping In

You’re issued a challenge (to coordinate an event.) You don’t think you have time and you are already feeling a little stretched by your other extra-curricular activites. It’s been a while since you organised something like this. It seems like a mammoth task to achieve.

man running up a hill
Image by The Paper Boat

But you say yes. Because you know the event will be of great benefit to the company. You don’t know how you can make it happen – but it all comes together. You find five wonderful speakers through your social netowrk. They help you out, you plan it collaboratively online and everybody puts together some excellent presentations. It’s complete. A new community is formed and you sense this is the beginning of great things for the company.

And then you think. I could have made it bigger. What I thought was huge was really not that big at all. Aim higher. Dream bigger. Get there faster.

Yesterday a friend posted me sent my husband his copy (which I am conveniently reading) of Jump In by Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice.) “It’s about taking action”. Burnett writes “Nothing will ever be perfect, and nothing can be totally planned. The best you can hope for is to be half certain of your plan and know that you and the team you’ve assembled are willing to work hard enough to overcome the inevitable problems as they arrive.”

A couple of years ago I ran with an idea and turned it into a small business. It was a great experience, even though I made the difficult decision to close the business later because I realised I had other, bigger dreams to chase and needed some focus. But jumping in, saying yes, having the courage to believe in yourself and your ideas despite your own concerns or criticism…it’s a great lesson to learn.

Do you have an opportunity you want to explore? Are you ready to jump in? What’s holding you back?