We have a bizarre tradition at our house, every night after we put our son to bed he sneaks out for “one more thing.” It’s usually an extra hug or a sippy cup refill. After that he’s happy and goes to sleep. Lately we’ve made it a bit more fun by waiting by his door and then surprising him.
Last week as he was diving back into his bed with a gleeful scream he neglected to see the sippy cup and face-planted right into it. He quite literally forgot to look before leaping.
There are two ways to approach a project, looking and leaping. The ‘looking’ approach is cautious and weighs the pros and cons before starting. If the project is doomed, stop before wasting time and resources. For most projects it is wise to look ahead and see if it is worth the effort before starting.
Now we come to the ‘leaping’ approach. Much like leaping into a bed before checking if it is clear first, this approach can lead to disaster and pain. However, there are times where this approach is the only option available. When there are not enough pros and cons to make a confident decision, we must go with our gut. If our gut feeling is to go for it, then we must leap.
Is there a chance that we might crash and fail? Of course. Failing is learning. My son hasn’t swan dived into his bed since his incident. But there is the chance that we succeed beyond our dreams.
Is there something you have wanted to write, learn, or experience that you haven’t because of fear of the unknown? Go for it, the only thing you have to lose is time.