It’s been six months since I’ve relocated to Arizona and my clients keep asking: Was it scary? Would I do it again if I had the choice?
My answer: yes. Always.
I have met and known so many people who spend their time thinking about the things they wish they had done. The trip to Europe, the job opportunity on the other side of the country…
I never want to look back and wish I had done something. Though I’ll admit I’ve done a lot of things that make me say, “I can’t BELIEVE I DID that!”
Still, I never look at anything in life as a loss. It either taught me something, or it worked out (or both). Experiences are never purely wins or losses. The risks I’ve taken might have cost time or money, but I didn’t lose.
I’m a big believer in affirmations. I love listening and getting to meet people who inspire like Tony Robbins, Dave Ramsey, David Bach, or even Susan Ornsby. But one of my favorite sound bites that I tell everyone to listen to is a two-minute YouTube clip of Steve Harvey, “You Gotta Jump To Be Succesful”.
Now you may know Steve Harvey as the man who called the wrong name at Miss America pageant, or his talk show, clothing line, whatever. This man has done a lot in his life and made some mistakes like we all have. Divorce, bad investments, loaning too much money to friends and family…we’ve all been there. But what he says is, every successful person took the leap of faith and jumped.
Now, he also goes on and explains that when you jump, your parachute won’t open at first. You will fall, get skinned up, hit the cliff side, and it will be ugly at times. He is so right.
This move has pulled me away from friends and clients a decade or more old and caused a massive financial hemorrhage. The type where you have to check your bank balance before buying gas or food!
Harvey goes on to talk about when that parachute does open and you begin to soar. I like to think my parachute is open now and I’m soaring. I work at the best salon in the valley, doing what I love around talented people who inspire me to push myself. I have a great boss who believed in me and gave me a chance. And I have the whole reason I moved out here: “a girl” as I say in the salon daily. She has stayed by my side the entire time.
Jumping into the unknown is scary but you can survive. So think about what you want. Inspire yourself with affirmations. Write those post-its and put them all over the house for constant motivation. If you need to, pray, meditate, workout. Whatever it is to get the ball rolling.
But take the two minutes (okay, one minute and 56 seconds, to be precise) and listen to Steve. It’s helped me. I hope it’ll help you, too.
Blog by Shane