“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
We all have an edge. The edge is where life is lived most fully. The edge is where we are whole and authentic in our pursuits. The edge is the point where we are slightly beyond our comfort zone but not completely at the point of plummeting. When we live at our edge we are at our best, we are experiencing flow, and we are consumed with purpose. Are you living at your edge? Or are your fears preventing you from making a larger contribution? Holding back is easy to do. When we get close to the edge it can be scary. It is easy to cater to our fears and stay back in safety.
“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” — T.S Eliot
It is as if we’re about to jump the plank into uncharted waters. We start to imagine all the danger we could encounter – from sharks, to storms, to drowning. Somewhere along the way we developed the belief that preparing for the worst will help us survive, and it does. The problem is it also prevents us from thriving. Where are you holding back in life because of fear?
“And the day came when the wish to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anais Nin
When you live at your edge you will experience fear, but this fear is natural and healthy. I’m not saying to take the plunge if you’re not ready. I’m suggesting that you get as close to your personal edge as possible and see where this can take you. Keep pushing the limits of this edge. Keep moving toward the life you deserve and desire. The mental energy that comes from living your fullest potential will allow you to be at your best in all areas of life. You must know your personal edge. We must know our limits and boundaries. We don’t want to sink but we don’t want to hide from challenges.
“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
Allow some uncertainty into your life. Befriend uncertainty by assuming the best. Do what you are afraid of and don’t hold back your gifts. Too many people cater to fear. Be honest with yourself and ask, “Am I you truly preparing for something bigger?” Live at your edge and get ready for something bigger than yourself.
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