Leaning Into It...
“Wow! I've been offered the promotion... Now I'm scared to take it because what happens if I'm not up to the job? Maybe I should turn it down...”
~ Paul, Manager and Coaching Client
Isn't it weird how sometimes when we get what we want we’re scared of stepping in to what we’ve manifested or created for ourselves? We’re the last one to believe that we can really pull this off.
Paul has spent his year working towards a promotion and has delivered excellent results. He’s an ‘A’ player in the organisation he works for. His manager has recognised his unique talents and promoted him. Now that a huge door of opportunity has opened for Paul, he’s hesitant to step through it. Suddenly the ‘old place’ seems more comfortable. Promotion suddenly feels a little scary.
From my experience, success often happens when you just lean into it. Our natural instinct is to hesitate, to dip a toe in, but this often leads to inaction. We sit back, deliberate, reflect, procrastinate, and take up naval gazing instead. The “What if…?” scripts begin to play with our confidence and our commitment wavers…
“OMG…What have I done??”
We’re frightened to start because the path is unclear.
I reminded Paul about the Indiana Jones movie where Indie has to step off the edge to find an invisible path across a precipice. He knows the path is there because he can see the path continuing on the other side of the void. At first he's hesitant and has to be willing to have faith and lean in to take that first step.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”
~ Martin Luther King Junior
Paul got his dream promotion, but he was afraid to commit because he was unclear of the outcome. Would he be successful? Could he actually pull it off?
You have to be willing to start and see how the journey unfolds even if you (like Indiana Jones) can’t clearly see the pathway in front of you.
Paul explored his two options:
1. Lean in – Be willing to explore and navigate the unknown one step at a time.
2. Step out – Turn down the promotion and stay where he was.
Recognising that he really didn’t want to stay in the same place, Paul decided to lean in to it.
Here’s what leaning in to it means:
- Start moving towards it
- Be willing to explore the unknown
- Be open to opportunities and possibilities
- Take one step at a time and notice how it feels
- Create some momentum – this creates energy that can attract amazing opportunities and resources to help you along the way
- Do what it takes even without a promise of success
- Decide to be successful – NOW! Create your own success
- Be willing to figure it out
- Explore the many options to achieving your goal
- Believe in yourself – keep leaning in to it every day.
- Welcome discomfort because it is a great teacher. You’ll get to know yourself at a deeper level
Exploring the unknown can be exciting and it is always an amazing learning experience. Just take a step towards it, one logical step after another, notice how you feel, and the path will guide you ultimately to where you want to go. Leaning in becomes easier once you have created forward motion. It’s a successful habit to develop.
You may be creating a path where no one had trodden before and charting new territory. Keep leaning in to it by moving forward. Trust that the pathway will appear.
Get off the sidelines and become YOUR OWN Indiana Jones!
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