I am standing on a precipice. I feel as though I am contemplating leaping to my own death. This ledge is so high…and the view is terrifying. I get it: “Leap and the net will appear.” But when it’s a really high ledge and the fall seems so far, that one little detail makes a huge difference. In order for the net to appear, I must jump.

 Taking action when you have no guarantee, when all you have is your heart and soul’s yearning, is the very “test” that makes you stronger, more resilient, more aligned with you. The lesson is about trusting yourself, your heart, the whispers of your soul, the guidance of your Spirit / God / Universe.

I have been incredibly blessed in my life. Some days I thank the universe so earnestly because I need it to know how much I appreciate everything it has brought me. For the most part, gifts in my life have been plunked down on my lap like “Kah-blam!” I’ve been a very lucky person. Because of this, I think I have become a bit lazy. So when I am at a crossroads in life, I’ve come to assume that the answer will be dropped in my lap again. Right now, for the first time in my life, I am facing a decision that’s big. And that little stinker “universe” is refusing to plop the answer in my lap. That darn universe is withholding BIG TIME! This week I realized that it’s because it’s making me step up. It’s making me step in. This next “lesson” in my life is about me trusting what I know deep inside and having the bravery to take action.

If you’ve been following along for the past few weeks, you’re familiar that there is a through-line about survival and how humans are wired to ensure it. (CLICK HERE to read more)  Quick refresher: You are a survivor and every gorgeous nuance of your being is intelligently designed to make sure you stay safe, comfy and within homeostasis. (CLICK HERE to read more on homeostasis)

Being terrified at the prospect of turning 40, I decided to override my perception of age and radically transform my body. Since then, I continue to see the brilliant ways that life in the gym is a metaphor for life in general. In order to make your body stronger, you must be brave enough to work through the discomfort that comes around repetition number 10 during a hard set of squats. For a moment, I had the choice to run from the discomfort and quit my set of squats, or, rise up to meet the discomfort and work through. Once I figured out this little riddle, I was able to build myself a pretty nice booty for a 40 year old with the family gene scientifically called “flat, pancake butt.” (Sorry mom!)

My journey in the gym has proven to me that I must be brave enough to face the big scary task (hello Pull Ups) with a commitment to leap. If you don’t try how will you ever know what might happen? The only way to feel accomplished is to take action on something scary.

This week I am faced with a big, terrifying leap. I know I must do it, but at this very minute while I write to you, I haven’t taken the action yet. I’d love to know if you could relate. Is there something in your life right now that you know you need to take action on, but are a bit scared of? And maybe you don’t realize that your inaction is actually fear. Is there something in your life that you want to change? Is there a relentless whisper in your soul telling you what it truly wants?

Shall we leap?

I will if you will. Let’s do it together. Share with me below.

Posted by Holly Perkins on March 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Comments: 8 |

8 Responses to “A Leap of Faith”

  1. Jen says:

    Fear has held me back from a lot! I’m willing to leap with you ! Yikes did I just type that?!?!

  2. Peggy Hullah says:

    Holly, take that leap! You will be amazing at whatever you choose to do on this chapter of your journey. If this crossroads and choice has been placed in your path, there is definitely a reason for it and you can’t ignore that!! Sometimes those leaps of faith lead us to the most amazing ‘nets’ and because you are who you are, I KNOW that ‘net’ that catches you will be worth the initial leap of faith!!

  3. tina says:

    My leap I’ve been wanting to do is change jobs. I’m in what one may say the “golden handcuff”. So afraid to leap not knowing if I’m good enough,smart enough. So I send out resumes hoping something will come of it,knowing I will be scared out of my wits when I get an interview and possibly an opportunity to start a new job.
    Leaping is hard!

    • Holly Perkins says:

      Tina! Omg, this is exactly what I’m talking about!!!! SOOOO scary! And more so when it’s your career and livelihood. Maybe you can “energetically” imagine that you’ve JUMPED in order to make that net appear. Good for you. Listen to your heart. You are better than good enough, and more brilliant than smart enough. Go for it.

  4. Yvonne says:

    Reading your post made me nervous with anxiety! lol I know the feelings that you are dealing with. But knowing you… from afar… leads me to believe that you will come thru this time of testing with the grace and positivity that you show to each one of us. I heard someone once say that if you can visualize your dreams, they are too small. So if the leap you are about to take is bigger than your imagination, you are probably headed in the right direction. Go for it!

    • Holly Perkins says:

      Oh wow, Yvonne, you just gave me my new favorite quote. That is so, so beautiful: “If you can visualize your dreams, they are too small…” So lovely. I do believe in dreaming BIG. This year I decided to at least shoot for the moon rather than continuing to keep myself small and safe. Thank you so much for your words of support. Thank you, thank you.

  5. Liz Charpentier says:

    you’re the bomb, and i’m pretty sure you are going to make the right leap, in the right way, with the right intention. Check your “11:30-Sunday” gut. This is what I call it when I have an issue that needs some sort of decision or direction. How do you feel, at your depth, at 11:30pm on a Sunday night? The reason is, i’ve found that with the distractions of everyday life- people, work, tv, etc., it’s easy to not listen to that inner gut voice. but when you’re lying in bed on a Sunday night with nothing but silence and yourself, your guiding voice can’t help but be heard. And remember- once you’ve lept- NO LOOKING BACK!! :-)

    • Holly Perkins says:

      Ohhhh, Liz! YOU’RE the bomb. I love, love, love this. Because also, 11:30 on Sunday night is when we are anticipating the week to come. And if you’re not excited about it, you’ve got trouble. It’s definitely a time for clear introspection. Love you.

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