Leaping forward to the next level
Every day, you either get more skilled, or you don't.
If you don't, it's because you're holding back, giving up, hiding, afraid.
If you are gaining skill, it's because you went out this morning or last night or a few months ago and did some of that scary leap stuff.
When we talk about quantum leaps, we're talking about processes. The process of doing it again and again and again.
It's easier to look at the stairs or the process and say, "Yeah, sure, one day…."
But that's a huge self-constraint.
The ability to believe that right now, this moment, you're just not ready to leap is the biggest impediment to success.
Because if you were ready, you would have done it already.
Too often, we settle for an excuse, an excuse that says, "it's not quite time."
An excuse turns into a list of good reasons to avoid leaping.
And an excuse is just another way of staying stuck.
Every day we're at risk of sinking deeper into our soft spot, of once again embracing the lizard brain and its attendant anxiety.
And if we don't explore our fears and their remedies, we will fail. Exploring them is part of our success.
The best deal on the stairs is: you commit to doing the work, going up and up a step at a time until you face the fear and do the leap.
And then you can do it again. And again.
And then, one day, you leap. You not only do it, but you also excel at it. You find a bigger stairwell and keep leaping forward.
As you level up, as your work becomes more compelling, as you add more value—you have a choice about whether or not to go still higher.
Because you already know how to get good at this, the processes are already in place. This is your art and your craft—you could level up again to the next level.
The quantum steps (even though they might feel like they're taking forever) are primarily driven by our practice and skill.
Stressful? Sure. But without anxiety, how would we ever level up?