Would You Take a Leap of Faith?

How many times have you heard a motivational speaker say, “Jump and the net will appear?” Not sure if “Fearless Feix” Baumgartner heard that message, but he took a huge leap of faith. And millions of us watched it live last Sunday as he exited a capsule 24 miles above earth and hurtled through space, breaking the sound barrier and setting records before landing feet first in the New Mexico desert some nine minutes later.

Now, I’m not suggesting you risk your life, but his stunt reminded me how important it is to continue to take healthy risks. Risk is even more challenging when others are depending on us. As a business owner, knowing your employees are relying on your smart decisions to propel the company forward can make you second guess the risks you’re willing to take. But take a cue from the 43-year-old Austrian — he spent seven years preparing for this death-defying leap, which ultimately was more than just some stunt.  NASA was watching closely, with an eye to improving its spacecraft and spacesuits. For Baumgartner, when the moment of truth came, as he looked down from his capsule toward earth so far below, he moved forward and gained a new perspective.

“Sometimes,” he said after he landed, “we have to get really high to see how small we are.”

Life passes quickly. No leap of faith toward your dreams is too small. Jump!


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  1. Halleluia! You are singing my song Colette! I am a big fan of JUMPING. Those are the moments that I truly feel alive! So I can vouch for trading in “going for the motions” for the uncertainty of taking a risk. Even when I fall, I don’t think I ever regretted having jumped.

  2. Yes to you both, Kelly and Colette!! And this is a perfect example of what you speak, Colette – it is important to take risks that you have well prepared for.  My issue is that sometimes I jump when I am not fully prepared (can you say, “addicted to adrenaline rushes?”)  But I always figure it out as I’m falling through the air.  I don’t advocate that as a steady diet though.  I like the way Felix approached it – really fully prepared. 

  3. This is a great reminder Colette.  As a motivational speaker who talks about getting out of your comfort zone, that means taking risks.  So many people have fear of moving toward their goals and it does take a leap of faith.  Here’s to taking risks!!!


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