Leaping in Faith

“…Faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.” Patrick Overton

Have you noticed that when you’re making a really big leap, your mind tends to think about what you have to give up rather than what you could gain?

For example, when you want to shed some extra pounds, you think about what foods or habits to give up, not how healthy you will be when you’ve done so. When you invest in your business, you look at the cost involved and not new opportunities it may open up for you.

This self-limiting mindset stops you from moving ahead. You don’t invest in yourself because you don’t see how you’re going to pay for it. You are thinking about right now and not your future.

My grandparents were inspirations to me of walking in faith. Both sets of grandparents came from different lands. They were pioneers of their families traveling by boat to get to America. As an adult, I learned that my Polish grandmother was promised the world by a woman who would later keep her as an indentured servant. She never allowed that experience to keep her down. Instead, she got married, raised a family, and lived a good life. I remember her as a very kind and gentle person.

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that when I walk in faith, my resources show up. It wasn’t always like that. Yet, when I changed my mindset and did not allow myself to get caught up in the small details of how something would happen, everything seemed to fall into place at the right time. Life became easier.

When you shift to the faith mindset, pieces fall into place even though you haven’t worked out the “how” yet.

Years ago, I decided to take my business to the next level. I realized that I needed to free up my schedule and shift some of the non-revenue and non-client work to a trustworthy and reliable assistant. I wasn’t sure who that would be.

One day out of the clear blue, the name of my friend popped into my head. She fit the description of a trustworthy and reliable worker. I had worked with her many years ago and knew she had a strong work ethic. She had small children so I thought she might be interested in working from home. I’m not sure why I didn’t think of her at first. It just hit me all of a sudden.

I called her up to ask if she was interested in helping me out in my business…and she laughed. Confused, I asked her what she was laughing about. She said that her church had been arranging a mission trip and that she felt a strong urge to go on this trip, but it required a significant investment to pay for the travel expenses. She began to think about the family vacation they may not be able to take over the summer if she went, the effect her absence would have on her husband and children, and all of the little things she would have to give up if she went on this trip.

She never stopped to think about what she would gain by going on the mission trip, just what she would be giving up. She could not reach a decision because she was so focused on “how” she was going to make it happen. The only thing she knew was that it was the right thing to do. So she signed up and wrote out a check, even though she had no additional income to pay for it. She just decided to take a leap of faith.

Within days of writing the check, she received a call from several neighbors asking them to clean their homes and my call to help out with my business. The “how” showed up.

My friend went on her mission trip to Guatemala helping build homes for homeless women and children. The Guatemalan community was helped by her involvement and I was helped by my friend. In addition, I was able to help a lot more clients.

The next time you’re thinking about taking a really big leap, but you’re getting caught up in the how:

  • Think about the bigger picture. It may not be entirely about you but about a series of events that include you to affect a much bigger mission.
  • Consider all of those who would not be helped by you retreating back into your comfort zone. If the Wright Brothers kept their inventions to themselves, millions of people may not have been helped by their efforts.
  • Imagine the possibilities and outcomes when you do take that leap of faith. Allow yourself to pass through the fear and walk into the place beyond the fear. This “after” place is not often considered when you’re in the process of making the change. Imagine what you’ll feel like, accomplish, and gain when you do take a step forward.

Stepping in faith involves conviction that everything is evolving and aligning every day.

Leaping in faith is a lot like baking a cake. You put the ingredients together and heat it at the right temperature. You can’t always see the transformation happening, but with a little patience, you get a pretty sweet dessert.

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  • I am so glad somebody is advising beyond close attention to detail!  Of course continuous improvement is a good thing – but it is possible to micromanage in the wrong direction. Anyone fortunate enough to know which way they want to go may need to keep the end of the tunnel in sight to keep them powering through the obstacles.  I love David Lloyd George’s advice:   “Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small steps.”

    • Lisa Mininni

      You’re right on, Katrina – it is possible to micromanage – an important life lesson I had to learn.  (I often tell people that I’m a recovering perfectionist.)  🙂  Must keep it in balance. 

  • Beautiful, encouraging article Lisa. So timely. Thank you. Here’s to the faith to make those leaps! 

    • Lisa Mininni

      Thanks, Dondi!   Loved your articles!  They are very thought-provoking. 

  • Anonymous

    Lisa – Thanks for the nudge to think about what we might gain/give instead of forfeit when we take a leap of faith.  That perspective is freeing to the possibilities of helping others and enjoying the unexpected gifts down the road.

    • Lisa Mininni

      You’re welcome, Ashley! 

  • Peg

    thank you so much for this reminder as I go about, leaping with faith, into growing my business by attending trade/gift shows this summer.  I’ve been scared out of my mind and recently began working on changing my thoughts to allow for the GROWTH and Abundance that will result rather than staying in my scarcity mentality.  ThankYou, ThankYou, ThankYou for the reminder!
    peg conley
    http://www.wordsandwatercolors.com

    • Lisa Mininni

      Hi Peg – You are welcome.  Your trade show will be fabulous.  Good for you for taking that leap.  Afterall, there are people out there that are wanting what you have.  All you have to do is show up and be your best! 

  • I’ve seen this same thing play out in my own life as well. I have always had confidence that things will work out to serve my highest good and the highest good of those in my life and those I can best serve. My sister & parents call me “lucky.” Maybe that’s true, but I believe the old saying about luck being when preparation meets opportunity and being able to see the opportunities in things that perhaps others can’t.

    Thanks for this article!
    Felicia Slattery

    • Lisa Mininni

      Felicia – You’re welcome – I love that saying, too.  I’ll bet, too, you’re grateful for the little things.  I find that people who are characterized as lucky are often grateful for the little wins and are abundantly and consistently gifted because of it. 

  • I’m a reformed “How-focused” person who now connects daily to my Why and use that to guide big inspired Whats…allowing much of the How to fill is as I take the next best step. My reality is that when I truly give myself over to service and to do what I’ve been brought here to do, my creator’s vision for my life is waaay bigger than a list of hows that I could generate.

    Of course there is plenty of How in creating results and success – and I love strategizing, but this must be put in its place and that is not front and center. I see so many small business owners get stuck in a lack of clarity when they make the How piece their primary focus.

    Lisa, thanks for your invitation for a mindset shift and encouragement for a leap of faith. Also appreciate your note to Felicia about gratitude for the little things along the way – jet fuel for this process!

    • Lisa Mininni

      Love your words of wisdom especially the part about giving yourself over to service and fulfilling your purpose.  It’s amazing how much easier life is when one let’s go.  Ahhh, freedom and effortless progress is often made, too, when purpose and mission is aligned.  You’re very welcome and it is my pleasure to be a part of this positive, forward-thinking community.