Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Deliberate Draw: The Fool
Book: Fool lives perfectly in the present, innocent and open to surprises
Guidance: take a leap of faith and trust the universe will provide, recognize risks, and carry on with confidence
The Fool is one of my favorite cards because it is a reminder that we need to let go of our worries and inhibitions, take action, and trust that it will all work out. One of the thoughts that just struck me is that the fool is often thought of as a simpleton who doesn't have deep thoughts. Most of us view that as a bad thing, but if we look at it through a different lens we can see that not having deep thoughts means we are acting from intuition and not overthinking things. Sometimes our gut tells us what the right thing to do is, but we think ourselves out of it. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate brains and logic as much as the next person, but I also know that all too often we ignore our gut instincts and we think ourselves out of something that might be the next right thing for us or we talk ourselves into something that's wrong for us.
I got a wake up call on this today because I'm close to being ready to hire people and build my OCM practice, but I want to give them very narrow lanes. Someone I consider a mentor reminded me that we need to give people latitude so they have passion. I pointed out that I have worked so hard that I don't want someone else screwing that up. I was told that sometimes we have to face failure in order to grow. That was a fool moment as I was reminded that sometimes even though we're afraid, we have to take that leap of faith. We have to trust that even if we fail, we won't totally crash and burn.
As I think about taking leaps of faith, I think about the possible outcomes: I could tumble all the way to the ground and be injured, I could fall almost to the ground and be caught and brought safely to earth, or I could find my wings and soar. Unfortunately, I will never know which of these scenarios will be reality unless I find my courage to step off that roof and soar.
What are you afraid of? Do it.
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