It’s time to leave the dock

My husband and I spent July 1 on the beach at West Okoboji Lake in in Iowa.  It was great to relax and watch the families having fun on their vacations.

As I was looking out over the water I noticed a dad and his son.  The little boy was around 3 years old.  His dad was urging him to jump and he would catch him.  At first the little boy was a bit tentative but then he decided to trust his dad. What was funny, though, was that he didn’t jump. He just stood on the edge of the dock, leaned over and fell. The dad would catch him before he hit the water, swirl his legs in the water and then put him back on the dock.  They did this over and over and over!

I marveled at the trust of this little boy.  It had to be scary to fall off the dock but he knew that his dad would not let him down.

I started thinking how important it is to have people we trust in our life.  We are especially aware of this when we have something happen that makes us feel like our life is out of control and that person catches us. We are so grateful for them and we trust them.

Unfortunately, we are also aware of how important is to have people we trust in our life after someone lets us down.  They don’t catch us but let us fall.  When that happens it may be hard to trust again.

Perhaps that has happened with you.

Or maybe you’ve felt this when you’ve left your comfort zone and what you tried didn’t work out like you planned. You then tell yourself “I am NEVER doing that again.”

The truth is that we don’t know if someone can be trusted or if what we try will work until we ‘lean off the dock’.  If we always stay firmly planted on the dock we will never know..

Is it time to?

  • Reach out to someone you don’t know very well and take them out for coffee and get to know them better (they may say ‘no’ but you don’t know until you try)
  • Hire the personal trainer (you might not get the results you want as fast as you want but maybe you will!)
  • Confront that person who keeps hurting your feelings (maybe they will never talk to you again or maybe this will make them realize what they’re doing and they’ll stop)
  • Make the cold call (they may hang up or maybe hire you – you won’t know until you make the call)
  • Take that class that you’ve always wanted to take (maybe you’ll do better than you think)

Living in your comfort zone is actually very discomforting. Maybe it’s time to leave it!

Let me know below how you leaned off your dock!

8 Responses to It’s time to leave the dock

  1. Kathleen says:

    Contemplating lots of leaning. Thanks for the much needed encouragement! 🙂

  2. Lean, Kathleen, lean!

  3. Renee says:

    I am leaning, but I feel like I am jumping in head first!

  4. It may feel like that but you’re not! At least not if I’m there to catch you.

  5. Karol Horken says:

    My husband and I are falling off the dock!! At age 63 we are pulling up our roots in NW Iowa and moving to a suburb south of Omaha. This is major for us….leaving our comfort zone and moving to a new house, a new neighborhood, a new church and a much larger city. And you are right Elizabeth, our comfort zone had become discomforting. It was time!!

  6. Sounds super exciting, Karol! Proud of you.

  7. Nancy says:

    Wow! How true. I moved from Sioux Falls to Sun City, AZ a year ago feeling very out of my comfort zone. However, your book “Confidence: Now Is Your Time” and the grace of God helped me push ahead and a year later I am just fine and my business is going well here. Thanks Elizabeth!

  8. This is great to hear, Nancy!

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