“…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.