Taking the first step

I'm too afraid to take a leap of faith. When you want to change your life, people will often give you the advice "You've just got to take a leap of faith." This could be good advice that works for some people, but it's something that has never really worked for me.

Maybe I'm afraid of heights, but whenever I think about taking this massive leap of faith it instantly paralyzes me. I'm not the type of person who can just jump in the pool. I always stick my toe in first.

So if I can't take a leap of faith then how will anything ever change in my life?

A businessman on a cliff

A leap seems so permanent to me.

You jump off the cliff into the unknown and there is no coming back. With this image in my head I would always try to plan every detail of the jump. I mean, I only jump once and I could end up dead! I would scheme forever and no action would come of it.

If a leap is too scary, take one single step.

My good friend Leroy and I recently started a YouTube channel called 2HelpfulGuys. We had been talking about it for a while before hand but for some reason we never made the leap. It seemed a little daunting, at least for me.

Now we are three videos in and the water is great! We are exploring and having a lot of fun with it.

So how did we start?

There was no massive leap into the unknown. We took one step. We put our pinky toe in the water.

We met at his house one day, sat in front of his laptop webcam and talked to each other. We told ourselves "if we don't like it, we don't have to post it."

In front of that webcam I could feel the pressure. It was like a million people were already watching me, judging everything I did. But I just kept focusing on our agreement. "If we don't like it, we don't have to post it."

We were just two guys, sitting and talking. No YouTube channel yet, no one watching, we didn't even have a name at that point.

Focus on your first step and ignore the perils of the journey.

If you want to write a book, first sit in front of a piece of paper with a pencil. Come up with a character, it doesn't have to ever make it in your book. In fact, write a little bit about a character and then throw out the paper immediately.

If you are like me and you spend most of your time planning to jump, maybe you should just take a step and keep in mind that it is never permanent. You can always step right back to where you were, and take a step in another direction.