Taking a Leap of Faith

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Leap of faith

an act of believing in or attempting something whose existence or outcome cannot be proved or known.

Recently I had a discussion about the act of ‘taking a leap of faith’ and how absolutely irrational it is, the fact that faith is not something that is quantifiable, it’s not visible and it’s not common sense. Taking a leap of faith is relying on your inner voice and trusting it instead of anyone else. It replaces the fear of the unknown with a sense of desire for what’s to come even though you wouldn’t have a clue.

This discussion prompted me to reminisce about the leaps of faith I’ve taken lately, how I felt at the beginning and how it feels to come out the other end. It’s an odd phenomenon really, it’s something that feels so right but you just can’t explain why.

Like the day I woke up and decided that we would sell the beautiful modern home that we had built and significantly downsize. Admittedly part of this was financial, it would have been easy enough for me to return to work, but we decided on making the big change and taking the risk – it just felt so right and since then, over a year ago, I’ve never ever looked back.

I took a leap of faith when we decided to try and fall pregnant with Elliott. It wasn’t a decision based on fear although it was frightening, it was a decision based on love, something that would be long enduring.

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My most recent leap of faith has been with my writing. It’s something that I’ve found a true passion for but if I was to just sit around and wait for things to happen, they probably wouldn’t. I’m fairly new to writing in the big scheme of things and my problem has been comparing myself to others and that’s a huge problem when it comes to taking a leap of faith.
So what did I do? I ditched my lack of self confidence, I thought about the positive feedback I had received and I put myself out there, I applied for writing jobs I never thought I’d get and started a new blog I never thought people would be interested in. Why? Because I love it, it is what makes me tick and I’m so glad I did, I’ve surprised myself.

When it comes to leaping, I always think about regret and whether I want to live with regret. No, I don’t, life is too short and much too precious. And with the more leaps comes increased resilience.

Has your inner voice been echoing in your head for a while? Is it time for you to take the leap? Perhaps this quote might help you make your decision:

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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12 Comments

  1. August 5, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    I’ve also taking a huge leap of faith with my writing lately. Last week I started sending articles to magazines and pitching ideas to others. I was terrified of doing it but now, just a week later it feels like great fun!

  2. August 5, 2014 / 4:53 pm

    Yes I completely relate to this. I’m in the process of taking/making a slow leap in my blogging/wrirting. I think you just have to do what feels right/natural at times and not overthink things. Otherwise you’ll never change or do anything slightly risky or vulnerable x

  3. August 5, 2014 / 6:06 pm

    I’m going full steam ahead with blogging at the moment. I guess I’ve taken a leap of faith by extending my maternity leave for another year (its so scary not having my own income).

  4. August 5, 2014 / 7:19 pm

    Loving your leap of faith, and new blog, the sky is the limit for you Eva, just don’t forget us when you’re ‘up there’!! Em – also visiting as part of #teamIBOT

  5. August 5, 2014 / 9:06 pm

    I used to listen to my inner voice religiously, but lost the whisper along the way. Being a Mum has switched it back on (thank goodness) and I’m listening to it but still struggle breaking through the fear and resistance of what I sometimes hear! x

  6. August 6, 2014 / 4:00 pm

    You’ll know when what you feel is right.

  7. August 6, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    It’s certainly been a bit crazy here Emily, but a good crazy and I’m so glad I’ve taken the leaps I have…no regrets!

  8. August 6, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    That most certainly is a huge leap of faith, Toni. I remember resigning from my job, that was huge for me (and scary). Good luck.

  9. August 6, 2014 / 4:06 pm

    I totally agree on not overthinking or forcing, if you do what you love and enjoy, it should just feel right and happen naturally.

  10. August 6, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    Good on you! You’ve got to be in it to win it? And what is there to lose? If they don’t like you’re pitch, pitch it somewhere else!

  11. Kathy www.yinyangmother.com
    August 6, 2014 / 7:37 pm

    Good on you for taking these leaps Eva – you are going from leap to leap and strength to strength with your new Evapedia blog and all you do. I need to leap a little more in life.

  12. Hugzilla
    August 6, 2014 / 9:52 pm

    YES! This has been me this whole year, deliberately taking those little (scary) leaps of faith, putting myself out there. It’s amazing how those little (scary) things can change your life in fairly substantive ways.