It’s Time To Jump

Your leadership journey will bring you to places you’ve never imagined. Choices will be placed in front of you. And you’ll have to make decisions.

The time will come when you’ll have to decide whether or not you’ll jump.

Last summer I was able to experience my first trip whitewater rafting. It was an amazing time in West Virginia. Good friends, a great guide, and a crazy storm made the trip memorable.

And there’s one more event during the trip that made it memorable. During a stop, we were offered the chance to climb to a ledge jutting over the river. From there, we could jump.

At river level, the ledge didn’t look high. Maybe 20 feet. As I ascended the rockface the ledge seemed to grow further and further away. Once I got to the ledge, it seemed I was over 100 feet in the air.

This is where the moment of truth came. Do I jump or do I go back down? I had a decision to make.

I chose to jump and I don’t regret the decision.

The Leadership Jump

There will be times in your leadership when you feel you’re out of your league. You’ve bitten off more than you could chew. That you can’t make the leap.

Truth is you can do it. As long as you know you’ve prepared the way.

It’s always scariest as you’re looking at what you’re jumping into. Our vision gets distorted and we see things out of perspective.

Only after you’ve jumped will the true perspective come into view. The difficulty level will greatly decrease. The pain will be less than imagined. The success will give you a great feeling than you expected.

And once you take the leadership jump, you’ll be amazed at the joy you’ll experience. You’ll realize you’ve accomplished something others only wish they could do. You’ve made a move into the next level of leadership.

The choice to jump is up to you.

Take the risk. Make the jump. Launch yourself into a new realm of leadership!

Question: What have you been avoiding that you need to jump into today? Do it and then share how you moved forward in the comment section below.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • This week I started one-on-one meetings with each of my direct reports.  This is an area that I’ve been wanting to get started for a while now.  Monday, I finally made the leap.  So far, I’ve met with 3 of my 12 office direct reports.  I’ll meet with two more today and finish the rest of Thursday and Friday.  It’s been a good thing.  I’m glad a jumped!

    • Jon, that’s fantastic! Definitely a jump. There will be great change that comes from the meetings. Keep it up!

  • DS

    It’s amazing how our minds can work so effectively for us, and can be so incredibly limiting.  It definitely has to do with stretching ourselves, and doing the hard things.  For me, it’s putting myself out there more – content and otherwise.  I’ve begun to do that by linking audio lessons of Bible classes I’ve taught, and a variety of posts.

  • Although I wouldn’t have jumped into the water because I’m not a good swimmer, I am willing to jump into other places.  I’ve jumped into blogging and writing.  I know there will come a day that I’ll need to jump into the traditional publishing world. 

    • I can understand the hesitation to hop into something that you KNOW you’re not good at, like swimming. It’s better to make the educated leap than to leap willy-nilly. 

      What’s holding you back from jumping into the traditional publishing world? 

      • Nothing is holding me back, except perhaps time.  I’ve made a conscious choice to publish a few books myself first.  I figure that gives me time to learn my craft and become a better writer.  Plus, I want to see how much of a go I can make of it in the self-publshing world before hunting for publishers.  

        • That’s good you’re trying to push yourself as far as you can before going the traditional publishing route. What do you think you’ll be able to use from the self-publishing journey when you go the traditional route?

          • I’m learning a lot about the overall process, from start to finish in creating and promoting books.  I know it will be different in traditional publishing, but I hope my experience my lend me more clout in that world in the future.

            • From what I’ve heard, the experiences should help you as you go into traditional publishing. Especially when you’re promoting your book. You’ll have more knowledge than most.

  • Several years ago I made a leap in leadership to become General/Director of Sales for a major climbing and rescue rope company. I felt out of my league t first because I had never climbed, but after learning the industry and the manufacturing process I became confident of my leadership. It took a lot of hard work, but it was a leadership challenge that lead to great success. Today my leadership challenge is in the areas of writing, blogging, coaching and speaking.

    • That’s a great example Bernard. I wonder if we used ropes made by the company you had worked for on the recent ice climbing trip I went on.

      The lack of knowledge of the sport was probably very intimidating. It’s fun to see the change that happens as we gain the knowledge and experience needed to know the product or service. How has this translated into other areas of your life?

      •  I worked for Bluewater ropes. We made 8mm and 8.5mm ropes for ice climbing. It helped me to learn how to set specific goals and to focus on making those goals a success. It also helped me to prepare better, listen carefully and  see others perspective.

        •  Sweet, I’ll have to ask John what brand of ropes we used. I don’t think there’s a wide range of manufacturers?

  • Great post, I think faith is essential when it comes to making a significant jump. I “made a jump” when I put together a speaking proposal and have started to send it out to different conferences. Now the impact will be once I get a speaking gig and have to present. 

    • Awesome Dan! Good luck on getting booked. Please come back and let us know once you land your first gig.