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A Simple Path – To a Leap of Faith

By on Nov 13, 2011

“It’s time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap.” ~ Stephen Schwartz

I have officially, formally, enthusiastically and wholeheartedly started my book.

After years of thinking about it, talking about it, and planning the book in my head, there are now words written on paper.

I’ve hired Ali Luke as my writing coach. She serves as a technical adviser and an accountability partner. I’ve scheduled time to write every night. Mary Beth is picking up the slack with Emily’s homework. I’ve completed the plot summary and character descriptions. The book has structure and direction.

But the most important thing I’ve done is I’ve taken a leap of faith.

The biggest obstacle I faced in the past was I couldn’t see myself writing a book. How could I work, blog, be available to my family and still find the time to write a book? I wanted to know these answers before starting.

To be honest, I still don’t know the answers, but I’ve started anyway.

My brother’s death has changed me. It’s taught me the preciousness of each day isn’t a cliché – it’s a reality. The dreams that have been swelling inside want to burst out. It’s time to put faith in front of fear and take a leap.

Too often we wait for the perfect time to start a new project, make a career change or fall in love. We wait until our heads tell us to leap before venturing too far. While it makes sense to assess a situation carefully, we also need to pay attention to our inner wisdom – to our inner voice. When that voice says, “Go,” we might want to listen.

Sometimes the simple path to a leap of faith begins when we start trusting our hearts as much as we do our heads even when the answers aren’t clear, but our dreams are.

So, a leap begins.

I’m not sure when the book will be finished, if people will like it, or even if the book will make a difference. But that’s not my focus right now. My focus is to write what’s coming from my heart and to do the writing right now, today, because tomorrow may be too late.

What is A Simple Path?

This post is in A Simple Path, a series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

  • Hi BJ – nice to meet you and thanks so much for stopping by. Good luck with your book. I finished the first two chapters over the weekend – exciting stuff for sure!

  • Hi Alex, I just came across your site (looking for a quote). You have such rich material on here. I could probably spend a day if I had the time right now, but I am doing what you are – writing a book. 🙂

    My whole life I wanted to write a book, then finally took the plunge into fulfilling one of my dreams. I just got it back from the style editor, now onto the next phase – copy edit – very exciting.

    Having a coach is the way to go – keeping you on track, accountability, encouragement and wisdom. From the quality of your blog, it is evident that the book will be high quality too. All the best as you work on this significant project. And as Winston Churchill said, Never, never, never give up!

  • It’s a deal Jodi. I will reach out to you by the weekend to discuss our plan!

  • Yes! Let’s be an accountability partner for each other! I love it!

  • Jodi, what you say if we help each other over the finishing line? I know I could use the extra support!