Leap and the net will appear…

The first portion of a new year is a wonderful thing to me. It really is. I know you can “turn a new page” or “get a fresh start” at any point in your life, on any day, but there is something magical about a new YEAR — and I cling to the theme of rebirth and renewal and a fresh start…every year…After a relatively rocky end to the old year, this one is beginning to really shape up. And as I review things, I tripped across one of my favorite quotes, a Zen saying, “Leap and the net will appear” in my re-reading of The Artist’s Way — one of my fresh-start exercises.

My personality is such that planning has always been the key… I’m a little anal about planning and having things in order. So much so, that I’m beginning to wonder (in retrospect) if my penchant for planning was actually just an acceptable format for procrastination.

I now believe that if you know you are doing the right thing, no matter what your exterior forces are saying, you can leap safely. If you listen to your inner voice, it won’t lead you astray. But, you must have faith.

And I know that, as a creative being, that leaping is required. Until you are brave enough to do that, you aren’t really brave enough to handle success.

As I reevaluate my creative life, and my professional direction, I come back to this time and time again.

Leap, and the net will appear.

And to think, I used to think that before walking a tightrope across any abyss… I had to first judge the distance, grow the silk worms, weave the strands into thread, the threads into rope, the rope into a net and then torture myself with how to secure it underneath the tightrope.

Now, I know… You can’t protect yourself against failure as you pursue your bliss.

Leap and the net will appear!

And when walking that tightrope across the abyss… keep your eyes focused ahead and your feet taking baby steps. Feel free to admire a butterfly or the landscape, look up to regain your focus and let the sun warm your face… but don’t look at how far you have come while still on the rope. And never retreat.

Once on the other side, you can look at the rope and be proud of the accomplishment. Once there, you can determine if you want to look for another rope going in the same direction, or if you need to select one facing another way, or if your next step is to leap into the chasm with the confidence that you will, indeed, fly. Once there… the other life options open up and you have a chance to rest, briefly, with your feet firmly on the ground.

This is true for everyone. It is more obvious for entrepreneurs and especially for creative-types who select the entrepreneurial path.

So, be confident. Listen to your inner voice and leap already!