(“leap fearlessly” 10×10 on canvas. original sold. prints on my etsy
“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.” – thoreau
when i was in nyc a few weeks ago, my friend clare told me about a friend of hers who would often talk about wanting to take the leap out of corporate america and into her own business, but was struggling with the decision. clare noticed that when the friend spoke about taking the leap, she would demonstrate a downward motion with her hands (you know, like how we talk with our hands) as if she were leaping/jumping off something and heading downward. just as she was demonstrating with her hands, to her, a leap meant falling. it meant tumbling to the ground. clare wondered aloud that perhaps she could reframe this for herself. instead of visualizing a leap downward, why not visualize a leap upward, like you’re taking flight. yes, that’s it. so often, we hesitate. we over think. we over analyze. we over plan. we awfulize – we think the worst will happen, when instead we could be reframing this for ourselves. a leap doesn’t have to mean a downward fall. no, it can me a leap into the unknown, yes, but also a leap up, up, and away.