Are You Ready to Jump Into the Dinghy?
A little over five years ago, I was having coffee with a friend, catching up and chatting about our lives.
My friend told me he had just returned from a family weekend getaway to Tahoe, where he had been eager to share a boating experience with his wife and their two kids. Unfortunately, his young daughter was less than enthusiastic. She was scared to get into the boat.
He tried reasoning with her, telling her there was nothing to fear. He pleaded with her — she'd love it once she just got in. He practically bribed her, but to no avail. She was stubborn, upset and stuck. The fear of the unknown was paralyzing her, and there was no budging her.
Or was there?
Exasperated, he confessed to me that he finally just picked her up and jumped into the dinghy, knowing that she would be happier once she was there. And you know what? She was. She relaxed, embraced her new surroundings and started to — gasp! — actually enjoy herself. In fact, she liked it so much she asked when they could do it again.
The funny thing is that my friend had been hemming and hawing about his own decision, and used this exact analogy to describe how his little apple didn't fall far from the tree.
How often have you found yourself stuck in limbo, afraid to take a leap of faith and try something new? You weigh the pros and cons, assess the risk and decide...to hold off on deciding.
Oh, the agony!
If I've learned anything at this point in my life, it's to take the risk. No, I'm not suggesting that you go willy-nilly into the world without care,