Being pushed may feel easier than jumping, for example being made redundant vs quitting, or when ending an unfulfilling relationship. Outside events may certainly catalyse beneficial action that you have been avoiding. But, is it wise to rely on them? While being pushed may feel easier, it is not desirable. For, jumping is always better than being pushed.
There is so much that is unknown and uncontrollable in the world, such that waiting for a push can be dangerous. Particularly, when we are talking about major life decisions. Things that go to the very heart of who you are and what matters to you. You may spend years waiting for a push that never comes. Do you really want to give away your personal agency like that? Some things are just too important to be left completely to chance.
And, what about the preparedness and joy of wholehearted action that you miss by being passive? Even if you do receive a push that is beneficial, what if it comes at an inconvenient time? Not only do you sacrifice precious opportunity for preparation, but also the joy of really going for something. The joy of pursuing what matters to you with full intention, and is there really anything better?
Is jumping is always better than being pushed?
Saying jumping is always better than being pushed sounds too strong a statement at first glance. Yet, the more you think about it, the truer it is. For, the ease and calm that comes from doing things on your own terms outweighs the potential benefits of delaying. Especially, if delaying is a sign of fear. Fear that holds you back from embracing your own path. And noticing that fear is indeed at play is the first step to finding the courage to jump.
Are you still waiting for a push that may never come?
Harsha is a 1:1 coach and independent thinker based in London. He empowers people to find more clarity, confidence and focus in their lives — to cut through the noise, in a world so full of it. Harsha’s new book, Machine Ego: Tragedy of the Modern Mind, is now available in paperback and Kindle through Amazon.