Many coaching clients, with whom I work today in my life coaching practice look for the perfect time to begin something new, including the coaching relationship. They think that something will change to get them ready, but it doesn’t work that way. There’s always going to be a reason to stay in our comfort zones and to remain on the sidelines. It might be a new job, a new relationship or a new activity. We are never going to totally figure out what might happen in the future, let alone tomorrow. We are never going to fully realize what’s possible until we begin. For some of us, the results could easily exceed our expectations. Imagine what it would be like if your life consistently exceeded your expectations.
There are no guarantees in life. No matter what we do, there is an element of risk. While we are living, life happens. Yes, we might be disappointed and discouraged at times (who isn’t) but if we don’t life life fully we’ll miss out on what makes our life worth living.
Living life fully involves embracing uncertainty and transforming our relationship to it. I have learned to accept the unknown as my friend, rather than a dark place to avoid. I don’t know what will happen further downstream, but I’m curious to find out. Sure you might have anxiety before beginning something new, but you’ll get over it quickly.
On many levels, the benefits from breaking your routines and patterns by taking on something new keep unfolding, even many years later. You’ll see life from a different perspective. Every new endeavor changes your perspective and how you see the world. For example learning to dance will give you an ability to see subtleties in the way someone moves that most of us wouldn’t notice. You see and hear rhythms. By taking a cooking class you begin to notice what ingredients go into the food you eat. And by exercising you notice people who seem fit. You begin to notice how good it feels when you are fit. Whatever you are thinking about beginning, begin it now.