Jump in the deep end! – Eyoälha photo

A photo of me jumping in the deep end of the pool in Ubud, Bali. Photo of Eyoälha by Claudine

Jumping in the deep end: “Start doing something new and difficult without help or preparation.” Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Sometimes the only way to go is all in… This can be said for love relationships, sports, business and well… life in general. There is something very exciting and beautiful about following your heart and your gut, even when it goes against all logic.

The times I have felt the most alive in my life have been when I Jump into something with all my passion, energy and with the mindset that the only way is up even when it seems like the dream is impossible or unobtainable.

I love living my life all in.. sometimes it means making a lot of mistakes along the way, but isn’t that what life is all about? Taking risks that challenge you to grow, that push you past your comfort zone, and quite often, include a fair amount of trial and error until you get it right?

I have learned (am still learning), that it is helpful to create at least an outline map before jumping in the deep end. I like to think of that outline as a road map with the treasure at the end. A road map helps to make some realistic evaluations and figure out the best way to get from point A. to point B. before jumping in the deep end (or at least have the map in hand when you jump in). You may even find some short cuts or scenic tours along the way..

Don’t get me wrong, I have always loved a good adventure and admit that one of my favourite things is showing up in a new city, going out for a walk, letting myself get lost and discovering new places without a map. This is fun and you discover all kinds of unexpected things along the way when you have no destination in mind, but when you are actually jumping in the deep end with a dream or goal in mind.. I like to create a map to reach my destination as smoothly and efficiently as possible… even then, with the best set plans, the most unexpected things can happen along the way.

“Risk is nothing new. All important discoveries in this world came from people who took risks…. ..the key is figuring out which risks to take. Some people may seem like they “have it easy” or are “more successful” than others, but usually success in risk taking is not by accident. People make their own luck by taking the right advantages and making the right choices. This process involves asking the right questions.” Dr. Ben Carson: Great Risks Bring Greater Success

Some advice on questions to ask yourself before jumping in the deep end from neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson:

* What is the best thing that can happen if I do this?
* What is the worst thing that can happen if I do this?
* What is the best thing that can happen if I don’t do it?
* What is the worst thing that can happen if I don’t do it?

You will know in our gut which way to jump.

Jump in the deep end… bring your treasure map..the water is warm, calm, clear and deep. The conditions are perfect for a treasure hunt.

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