How Does One Take the Leap?

Today I was looking through old pictures and I came across these two jems, and I had this interesting thought.....



Indulge me for a moment....

Some days I'm inspired and my mind is extremely motivated. But then I have days where I wonder how was I ever felt that way and I struggle with staying inspired and motivated. I'll have this genius plan of how I'm going to change a certain aspect of my life and then the next day I sit at my desk and wonder to myself, "What happened? Where did all those amazing positive thoughts go? What happened to the passion to make the change?". 

I think a majority of my life is spent in the position of the above photos. In the ready to launch position. In that position I am full of inspiration and motivation but I haven't actually done anything yet to make a change. And then sometimes, when I'm feeling brave, I lift my heels off the ground and I start laying ground work.

But how often do I get to this position?


Seriously though, how come I don't get to this position more often? I want to. But why don't I? I'm on this path to discover what is happening between photo two and photo three. Any tips??

5 comments:

  1. I think everyone is stuck in the "pre-jump" position most of their lives. It's easy to compare when you are loading up ready to jump and you see others in the air, but we shouldn't beat ourselves up! Just know that they were in the same spot you are in before their mad hops gave them sweet air time. There is opposition in ALL things and if we never experienced hard times, we would never experience and be grateful for the great times!

    "For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility." 2 Nephi 2:11

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    1. AMEN! Thank you Sister Anderson. You're so right. As much as I hate saying it, we need the hard times! Any great tips on how to get out of the "pre-jump" position?

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    2. Take that leap of faith! :) The best thing you could do would be to take a personal inventory with God and ask Him what you could do to improve, and then set goals to change. Just make sure you are 100% in CPR (church, prayer, reading) to keep your spirit alive!

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  2. Favorite quote on this subject: Albert E. Bowen: But men are mortal and beset by human frailties. They are enticed by the pressures of immediate carnal desire to depart from the high standards of the perfect law. When they are under the influence of an exalted occasion, they make high resolves. They firmly determine to avoid past mistakes and to do better. But gone out from under the spell of that influence and absorbed in the complicated pursuits of life, they find difficulty in holding fast to their noble purposes. In competition with their fellows they are influenced by the natural instinct to play a winning game. An opportunity presents itself to turn a good deal, to outsmart a fellow man, or profit at another's expense by suppressing some facts or misrepresenting others, or practicing some other form of deception. Or it may be that they see a chance to gain advantage by evil speaking about a rival or to gratify a debasing appetite or a lustful passion, and under the pressure of the immediate impulse the high resolve is dimmed, the noble determination submerged, and they slip below the standard of their ideal. So it is essential that they come again, and frequently, under the influence, which kindles anew the warmth of spirit in which good resolutions are begotten, that they may go out fortified to withstand the pressures of temptation, which lure them into false ways. Happily, if they refresh themselves frequently enough under ennobling influences, the spirit of repentance will be at work with them, and they will make conquest of some temptations—rise above them—and advance thus far toward their final goal.

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    1. Wow! That is a fantastic quote. I had to read it a few times but then it clicked! I love the part where he says "refresh themselves frequently". It reminds me of the sacrament and our baptismal covenants. Thank you for sharing Walker!

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