Jumping off a Cliff

There’s something to be said for jumping off a cliff. You can’t half do it. You either jump or you don’t. It’s absolute. Once you’ve jumped there’s no un-jumping. From the moment you take that first step, the matter of staying motivated becomes redundant because you are now unconditionally committed. With one courageous step you find yourself disconnected from everything that kept you stuck. Grounded. You are now in the middle of an experience, not some kind of theory, plan or intention. You are doing not thinking. That one step creates massive shift.

On multiple levels.

Some people have spent years thinking. Years and years. Trying to figure out how to build a stair case down their cliff. Or better still, an escalator. Some have waited for the magic helicopter to appear and many have exhausted themselves trying to find any alternative to taking that step. An easier way. A more comfortable way. Some have wasted years on the edge of their cliff reading books, listening to CDs and having countless conversations about how they might conquer their cliff without any risk or pain. Some have avoided the cliff altogether, some have waited for a hero to carry them down and some have spent years arguing about the existence of their cliff.

And some jump every day.

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grasshopper March 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Love it! Whatever you do, do it will all your heart! Feel the the fear & do it anyway! Carpe Diem! Seize the day! Live in the moment for that’s all there really is!
Always my messenger! :) xx

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Tracey March 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Just reading this made me hold my breath and become anxious, and not only because everything you wrote is me, but because today I will take that important step forward. Thanks Craig, you always help eventhough you don’t know it. Tracey.

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Dragon March 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm

2013 is a good year for cliff jumping :)

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Anonymous March 4, 2013 at 5:35 am

You are the best! I have finally taken the step off that cliff….only on day 3, but I have finally jumped. No going back now. Thanks so much for all you do.

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Annie Mac March 4, 2013 at 6:12 am

You have hit the mark this morning Craig. Ouch

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Kat March 4, 2013 at 7:28 am

Jumping every day! Love this post. Nice work Yoda!!!

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Anthony March 4, 2013 at 9:24 am

Jump, for goodness sake jump!

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Poppy March 4, 2013 at 10:30 am

I was a jumper. I was pretty fearless until the day I jumped and went splat. Now I don’t trust myself to jump anymore. Finding it hard to rebuild the trust. Maybe that would be a good topic?

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Craig March 4, 2013 at 10:40 am

We all go splat Poppy.

I have splatted many times. Nobody lives a splat-less, catastrophe-free, pain-free life. There is no such thing as a risk-free existence, so being prepared to accept and deal with the innevitable splats is an important part of how we learn, grow, build strength and develop a solution-focused mindset.

Don’t let your splat define you! :)

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Poppy March 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

Thanks Craig :)

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Emzo March 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Is it just me, or is “splat” the best word ever?!! :-)

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Rae March 4, 2013 at 11:26 am

Aww Craig… I sooo love it when u talk bout Cliff :)

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Debstar March 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Love it!

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Gayle March 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I jumped off that darn cliff and made a pretty good go of it for a year, trouble is I managed to climb back up and hang on for dear life again. Time to jump again I think, and for good this time, be a doer….not a sayer.

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Ilze March 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Perfect timing as always, Craig! Thanks!
I consider myself a jumper, I do a lot of things and overcome my fears on a regular bases. It is not easy considering that I am an over thinker and have a low self-confidence. But what concerns the relationship – I am the greatest coward of all time..there is nothing what could make me take this one step and sometimes it drives me crazy. :)

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taube-hansen March 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Nice read this morning.
Finally describes my 2013.
Thank you.

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Brian Madigan March 5, 2013 at 7:09 am

I was one of those people who took a long time trying to figure out not jumping. When I finally did jump I realized that it was the most powerful thing I’ve ever done. Jumping is still scary, but, I jump as much as needed anyway. It’s actually great fun sometimes if you let it be.

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