JUMP IN!

JUMP IN!
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Doing something you've never done can be scary, exhilarating, exhausting, and energizing all at once.
Let's work some kinks out of the system by studying a few scenarios and absorbing a few lessons from others.
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Carl graduated with a degree in Nursing.
Health scenarios invigorated and challenged him, as did the patients he worked with, but the longer Carl worked in care facilities (and he worked in many,) the less he enjoyed his work. New technology tasks were being assigned to an already exhausted work schedule and more rules were being applied on account of new insurance protocols.
Carl contemplated leaving the health field altogether when a fitness friend casually mentioned that the gym he worked out in was looking for a sport trainer with a nursing background.
Carl's interest was piqued.
He applied and was hired for the job even though he felt himself lacking in many athletic areas. The new job turned out to be a positive boon in Carl's life:
Activity became a newly enforced part of Carl's new personal and vocational life. He found movement a "silent trigger" that motivated him internally and surprised him externally. Becoming a sport trainer brought out the best in Carl and Carl brought out the best in others, physically and literally. He can't imagine himself doing anything else these days.
Carl's advice: 
+Dare to venture outside the lines of your comfort zone. Try a line of work that agrees with some of your strengths and assets but provokes and calls out more in the process.
+Take a look at the job field and see whether there aren't interesting and new vocations to which you might apply your abilities while developing and exploring more.
The sense of being overwhelmed is often supplanted with exhilaration, challenge, and freedom and a whole new learning experience.
Dare to try and learn to fly.
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 Val enjoyed a weighty love affair with books and writing all of her life but worked as a nurse aid by vocation. Words captivated, writing energized, and learning motivated her ... but she had no formal education.
 Nobody was more surprised than Val to receive a phone call one day from an "English major" friend requesting her presence at a large and prestigious literary event. While attending the event and as providence would have it, one of the literary judges suffered a stroke and Val was suddenly asked to replace him. Overwhelmed and excited all at once, Val agreed. It became the turning point of a new literary career.
Val's advice:
+Many of life's greatest opportunities present themselves in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. Jump in with both feet! You may never get the opportunity again.
+Always view a new opportunity as a "learning" opportunity and you'll appreciate and welcome it so much more.
Val believes that even if she had done poorly as a literary judge, she still would have come away with growth and a sense of confidence in seeing what "others" perceived in her. It was an unforgettable and life-altering moment for her.
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Whether you get bumped in or jump in to a new opportunity ... relish the enjoyment of being somewhere new and reflect on what it does for you.
Work out your "fraidy cat kinks" in concrete ways and be willing to exercise some new muscle in the process. Humility might be a big part of the learning process ... it generally is. Get familair with it and you'll be guaranteed countless new opportunities that others aren't willing to explore and experience.
What do you have to lose and, better yet, what do you have to gain?
You don't know until you try and you won't grow until you try.
It's a win-win either way ...
JUMP IN WITH BOTH FEET!
I'll meet you at the splash.
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