Last weekend I took my team skydiving. Yes jumping out of a perfectly good, working plane in the air at 35,000 feet with only a thin plastic sheet to stop you hitting the ground at 220 km per hour. Nice.
But why put my staff at risk for a little adrenaline? What is the attraction to forcing yourself to do something scary and potentially dangerous? I have a few reasons why which might just give you an insight into the way you approach life and also business. But first let me set the scene for those who haven't done it...
You wake in the morning to a beautiful clear blue sky and as you rise you start to think about the day ahead. Not dropping the kids at school or what meetings you have with clients - today is the day you will launch yourself into space with your life hanging on a stranger you will meet in a few hours.
Your stomach is a little tense as you drive down the coast to the tiny airstrip. The pros make jokes about not coming back and risking the company on a bucket list experience. It's suppose to lighten the mood but doesn't quite get there.
On the way up in the tiny plane, crammed in with 20 others, the coast line is stunningly beautiful and boats look like white dots. The calm before the storm. Your instructor yells the safety techniques in your ear and you try to absorb what you can.
All too soon, they open the door and out they fly. You see people trying to hang on to the door, faces grimaced, but their instructor just pushes them out into the cold air. Your turn now. At the door. Swing your legs into space. That's the hardest part - looking out to the air and making your legs leave the plane. 1, 2, 3 out you fly. Air suddenly rushes at you at 200+km per hour. It's cold. You try to remember the technique. Your brain can't quite make sense of what is happening. The free fall seems to last forever, but then the shoot is pulled and BOOM you're floating down to sea. You catch your breath and relax into the experience. You survived.
In a few minutes you are safely on the ground, high fiving your mates and feeling really proud of what you have achieved. Spectators watch from the sidelines thinking they could never do that. If only they had the courage.
Jumping into Business
It is over in an hour and during the day you keep remind yourself that today you did what most others are too afraid to do, jump into the unknown. The experience reminds me of starting my own business. The initial exciting rush at the thought of it, the preparation and fear, then the satisfaction at doing what most people think of but too few actually do. Chase your dreams.
After working in corporations for over 15 years I have seem many dreamers. People who had a great idea only to sit on it and not take the action to make it a reality. Sure there are many valid reasons why. Logic can always break a dream. But sometimes you have to swing your legs out into space even when your brain is telling you not too. It's sad that more people don't realise their visions due to self imposed limitations, because if you are not living fully, you are not really living at all.
The reason I know this, is I was there myself. It took an instructor to push me out the door to start my entrepreneurial journey, face grimaced and feeling the fear but doing it anyhow. Sure it was tough, but the satisfaction of knowing I did it anyway is worth the challenges every day of the week. I'm alive with the challenge everyday.
So what's stopping you jumping from a plane or starting your own dream business? I don't suggest you just launch into it unprepared, that would be dangerous and stupid. Get help from seasoned instructors with known processes and safety drills. With help and others doing it with you, it all seems a lot less scary.
My challenge (and hope) for you is that you will make the first step in 2016 to follow the passion that you have. Do something to make your dream a reality and do what others will not. Now is the time, seize the day. If you need a push - watch this video on how we can help, it's what we do.
Make it real,
P.S. My next 'Launch in 12 Weeks Course' is starting in 3 weeks and we only have 10 spaces available. More than half have gone so message me this week if you have an idea you want to explore.
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