Goals & Habits

The Joy Of a Small Leap

There’s one piece of advice which comes up time and again when you’re contemplating a change in life: the sooner you can get your feet wet, and actually live your idea in some small way, the better.

Whether it’s the Designing Your Life teaching of Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, or the Playing Big coaching offered by Tara Mohr, the approach is similar. Stop talking, stop wondering, stop planning, and just try it.

The Joy Of a Small Leap | Pauline Wiles

Think you’d like to own a coffee shop? Fine: get a Saturday job in one. Want to run yoga retreats for women? Host a gathering in your living room. Fancy being a carpenter? Make something.

I’ve hinted here already that I’m in the process of narrowing down my myriad activities and adjusting course slightly. I’ve dabbled in a number of interests since leaving my day job and frankly, for a number of reasons, I’m keen to pick just one thing. It’s time now to hone my expertise, and be known for it.

But, for a multi-passionate experimenter like me, picking just one thing feels… scary. So I’ve taken the advice above, and have been working on a small scale with a wonderful group of writers I’m affectionately calling my beta clients. My leap so far is modest, and I haven’t entirely figured out my process. Still, I’m loving this taste of what’s to come, and am getting ready to turn my little jump into a life-size launch.

If you’ve been wondering about a new project, venture, or direction, I warmly encourage you to work out what small leap you can take now (or at least this month!) to help you get a sense for how your dreams might feel. You might just wish you’d tried it sooner.

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    Tracey Gemmell
    August 7, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Well done! Life’s short so go for it. I wish you success and happiness in whatever you decide to pursue.

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      August 7, 2019 at 7:15 am

      Thanks, Tracey, that’s really kind.

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    Jean | Delightful Repast
    August 15, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Pauline, after saying to myself for decades that I’d like to learn watercolor painting, one day in April I said Yes when someone said to me “I’m taking an informal class in watercolor painting, and I think there’s room for one more.” Instead of my usual figuring out all the reasons I couldn’t do it, I decided on the spot to just say Yes. I’m having such fun. Then 3 months later, I decided to start sharing it–without waiting until I got good at it–so you’ll see little watercolor sketches on the blog from time to time. Today’s had nothing to do with the recipe, I just felt like painting Peter Rabbit the other day, so there it is! Two “Small Leaps.” You’re so inspiring!

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      August 15, 2019 at 7:57 am

      Jean, I’ve noticed the watercolors on your posts and have been SO impressed. I know they look simple but I’m in no doubt, they’re not. I must come post-haste to check out Peter Rabbit!

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