“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore” – Christopher Columbus
Coming from a person who would always take the least riskiest approach, these are such awesome and powerful words.
This quote really helps you to re-think not only where you are currently at and what you want, but how you have to leave your ‘safe zone’ to reach your goal.
Please don’t waste your energy on worrying
If you want something in life you need to ‘un-worry’ yourself about the things that may go wrong; the doubts, the risks, what could, or may/may not happen… those emotions and thoughts serve no purpose. As a born worrier I know what it’s like to over think things and worry about ALLLLLL the things that could happen – it’s wasted negative energy. And that precious energy can be far better spent on positive thoughts, ambitious thinking and actionable doing.
Why you need to lose sight of the shore
Over this past year I have had many learnings, the biggest being that in order to progress in life you have to let go of the safe and the familiar. You need to take that first step and you need to get out your comfort zone. If you want to move forward with your life you need to make a choice, make a plan and take steps that may seem scary at first but will bring you closer to what you want.
No matter what it is – a new career move, a new friendship, a new hobby, a new lifestyle, a new family tradition, a new place to call home, a new study, a new way of eating, a new venture… whatever.
You have one life so, seize the day and do what makes you happy.
What’s the worst that can happen? It doesn’t work out?! So what! You tried and that’s more than if you were to just sit there and wonder ‘what could have been’ whilst worrying unnecessarily about all the stuff that may/may not happen.
In order to get to where you want to be you need to leave the shore.
Just Do It
To those who keep thinking about changes they want to make in their lives: stop thinking – start doing.
Start planning and start taking small baby steps each and every day to inch yourself further to your dream / ambition / goal / idea.
Use your internal compass to guide you, start drawing your ‘map’ and set sail.
And please please enjoy the journey – the hours, weeks, months it may take you.
The joy and the pleasure and the hard work and the sweat and the tears and the frustrations and the moments when you want to throw in the towel – those are the moments that make you, build personal progress and growth. Good character building stuff, as my mum would say.
You will look back and cherish both the good and challenging memories so dearly – they make reaching your goal all that more worth while.
Your journey and your voyage is your legacy, don’t forget that!
So, un-hook your anchor, set off on your exciting voyage and spread those sails! New, and magical, lands are waiting for you…
What would you lose sight of the shore for?
Special thanks to Dave Vartan for my beautiful leg piece – a total work of art, which is a constant reminder to set sail and embark on new journeys.