Leap And The Net Will Appear Essay Typer

I know lots of people with big dreams. But they are afraid to pursue them. They are unwilling to take the plunge, waiting until they reach the point of absolute certainty. But it never comes. And it never will.

This is the problem with commitment. You must act on limited information. Whether it is marriage, starting a new career, or leaving a good job to pursue your dream. You do your best to gather the best information you can, but then you must act. If you don’t, you risk “dying with the music in you.”

A few years ago, I discovered a wonderful quote by W.H. Murray, a Scottish mountain climber and writer. He says,

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creativity there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:

That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.’”

Or to simplify it even further, American naturalist John Burroughs put it this way, “Leap and the net will appear.”

I don’t think this concept encourages recklessness. But it does make the important point that you must eventually act, believing that the resources you need will show up when you need them. This is simply faith in its purest form.

I have personally witnessed this numerous times. In fact, I am seeing it play out in my own life right now, just a week after stepping away from my role as CEO of Thomas Nelson.

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“Leap and the net will appear” ~ John Burroughs

What does this quote mean to you?  Why do people join the circus to fly on a trapeze?  Isn’t that risky?  What about skydiving, bungee jumping, or just starting your own business?  How do we know that if we do it, we won’t fail?  We don’t.  We simply trust that if you make a leap of faith on something you truly believe deep in your heart, something or someone will appear to accept what you are reaching for and not let you crash to the ground.  In knowing this, what can possibly get in our way?  Sometimes it’s us.  Maybe it’s our self-limiting beliefs or it’s about waiting for perfection to arrive.   Reality is that perfection can be dangerous because it can narrow our life’s experiences by not living outside the box every now and then.  Even more so, perfection may never arrive and then what?  Instead, why not make room for the unexpected things in life that might come up?  These little surprises just might surprise you in a good way!  Has there ever been a time in your life where you tried something new and didn’t know what the outcome would be but you did it anyway?  If it was risky and you are reading this blog that means you survived.  What was your net in that situation?  Some people have a back-up plan and others have faith.  If you can slowly let go of your doubts and transform them into trust, so many possibilities start opening up.  Learn how to make well informed responsible choices and remember you are not in control of the outcome.  Let this allow you to find the courage to take action when you don’t know what the outcome will be.  Then, use that courage to take the leap, have faith in the process and trust that you’ll be ok when you land gracefully or swim like a fish.    – JJ

“Surrender is like a fish finding the current and going with it.”  ~ Mark Nepo

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