Actually I wouldn’t mind doing another bungee jump. The last one was 20 years ago. It was a leap of faith whilst travelling with an adrenaline junky. I didn’t have the same urge to jump 140 feet attached to an oversized length of knicker elastic, however I did have a choice, to live with the feeling I may have missed out on some amazing, life changing experience or just say yes, why not. Anyway circumstances did not allow for analysis. I chose to jump.
So I found myself watching my feet being strapped together by a couple of bronzed Aussies, their chiselled features and charming chat providing a welcome distraction. A lesson on how to jump passed me by and with a determination to show no fear, off I jumped or rather “bungeed’. In that moment, there was no time to ponder over the consequences, or talk myself out of it
My immediate reward was a massive adrenaline high which seemed to last for days. Thankfully, I didn’t become an adrenaline addict. Instead I discovered an appreciation of the unknown, the excitement of uncertainty and a willingness to take the next leap of faith. I learnt to trust my intuition and accept that there are certain times when being in the moment, just saying yes and then working out how, can reap amazing rewards.
Like everything else in life, you learn through experience and of course, it doesn’t always work out. I doubt that I am alone in having remnants of the odd impulsive decision gathering dust in the garage. Over the years, often to my surprise and relief, there have been more successes than not. The more leaps you make, the more it seems to work, the unconscious mind seems to feed off another experience, your curiosity increases along with your judgement. As the great Mario Andretti put it, sometimes it’s worth reflecting that “if everything is under control, you’re not going fast enough”.
Now I am not suggesting for one minute that we should abandon the need to analyse, to be logical and to thoroughly understand a challenge, before working out what strategic direction to embark on – we would face some heavy resistance to our plans if this was always the case. It’s just that sometimes, even in the development of a strategic plan, a willingness to take a leap of faith can add a little magic. It can extend the boundaries of our thinking to transform a business solution from a “me too’ default solution that’s only slightly tweaked from last year’s plan, into something that is commercially relevant, unexpected and simply brilliant. The impact can be infectious and can bind a team with enthusiasm, energy and a sense of possibility.
So, why the title “I would rather do a bungee jump that write a blog”? Not being a native blogger, I wasn’t immediately filled with enthusiasm for what I perceived to be a task of self exposure – putting yourself out there. Maybe I was wrong, it made me think about that experience, all those years ago and reflect on the lasting impact that it had. Thinking about it, I wouldn’t mind doing another bungee jump, until then, here’s the blog.