Close Your Eyes and JUMP!

Close Your Eyes and JUMP!

There is something magical that happens when we close our eyes. Closing our eyes brings a certain kind of peace and tranquility and can allow for clearer thinking. In many situations, people close their eyes to feel protected, to feel ease and to even experience a state of simplicity. Examples: When listening to music, when thinking and of course when kissing {} (Insert Smile or laughter here).

Today, I would like to challenge you to “Close Your Eyes” as a metaphor to move toward your dream in a peaceful yet certain way. In fact, I would like to challenge you to just jump! And yes, jumping is taking a leap of faith.

Before I offer my suggestions on how you can best jump to achieve your immediate goals. Let me share the day I decided to jump with you. It was about three years ago, and I was still living in Michigan and had been praying for years to be released by God to leave. How many know that you really need to move according to His planning and not yours? But, it was not until I had an overwhelming desire deep down inside of me that I knew it was time for me to begin to put a plan in action to make the move. God had ‘finally’ given me the sign I needed.

What I did not realize at that time is that God’s since of time was not my timing and as I was going along with my planning, behind the scenes, he was accelerating those plans (unbeknownst to me). Within a matter of two months, I had applied for ONE job and received a full-time position offer that would propel me back to the West Coast and I had to make an immediate decision (“To jump or not to jump, that was the question). So, what do you think I did? I closed my eyes, whispered a final prayer and sent the acceptance email confirming the start date.

My husband was also ready to jump into a new environment and look for bigger and better opportunities and so, God had already placed it in his heart to prepare for an immediate change, and He just used me as the main catalyst to get the ball moving (might have something to do with my sassiness!). So, we began to immediately make things happen, meeting with movers, and all of the other grueling tasks necessary for moving and moving across country to say the least.

Now, most people would begin to rationalize at this point as it was early March and of course, there were only three months of school left for the kids, but not me. I started researching schools, reaching out to schools, asking questions about the neighborhoods, etc. But the true test came when I found the ideal school (well, you know what I mean) and was told that the kids would need to be enrolled prior to spring break (Insert screeching sound here)! So, what do you think I did? Nope, I had already prayed, so I decided to jump again and completed all of the necessary paperwork.

The day I told my then employer, family and friends that we would be leaving in a week, none of them understood why so suddenly? And to be honest, none of them had to understand as it was not their vision. The only thing I could say to them was, “Sometimes in life you have to close your eyes and Just Jump!” Thank God for my husband who stayed back a few weeks to handle many of the still pending tasks.

Now, to the good part, here are a few ways that you can close your eyes and jump too:

Develop a Never Forget List
This is a list of all of the things that have happened in your life that ultimately turned out for your good. Creating this type of list will clearly show you that you have and can make it through any situation or decision that you have made or may need to make.

Go with the Minority Report Sometimes
There are times when we have a tendency to want to go with the masses and, it is also the times that we have missed out on some of the most beautiful opportunities (windows of opportunity) presented to us. At times, we should seek those things that are unconventional and trust that we will be met where we are at. Things do not always have to line up according to our plans. And people will always try to talk you out of doing what you know you should be doing, it is all part of our nature. But, remember, it was a majority that kept the Israelites from possessing The Land of Milk & Honey.

Do not Think about Failing
What could you really do if you even thought for one moment that you could not fail? How powerful is that?? Well, you may need to put on that type of mindset and become more radical than ever (using wisdom of course) and try one or two of those things you’ve been longing to do for some time. Once you see how successful you were/are with those things, your mind will begin to challenge you to do more and more and more.

Sleep with Peaceful Music On
There is a reason many of us sleep with our eyes closed, as it is the one sure way of experiencing a restful sleep (or at least try). But, I would challenge you to add some soft, calming, and peaceful music to your sleep regimen. Not only will it get deep down in your soul, it is sure to make you more apt to wake up relaxed. Relax Melodies: A white noise ambience for sleep, meditation & yoga is a FREE option to get you started.

So, begin to practice closing your eyes in a different way, take a deep breath and remember that, “Sometimes you should close your eyes and JUST JUMP!

Move Forward in Righteousness XOXO

6 Comments
  • I think not thinking about failure is the hardest for me. I let the fear of looking foolish or the idea that I can’t do something hold me back.

    • Yulunda says:

      I totally understand as I use to fear a lot, but, once I “jumped” a few times and landed safely it made the next jump easier!

      You totally got this Beautiful!

      Thanks for stopping by my Blog! 🙂

  • Colleen says:

    I’m here via Chasing Joy’s #FlashbackFriday.

    I really liked your post. Sometimes you have to stop worrying, take a breath, a just go for it! I’ve taken a few big risks over the past year, like letting my now-fiancee back into my life, and so far they’ve payed off.

    • YGladney says:

      Hello Beautiful Colleen –
      You’re absolutely correct that you must go with your gut and make a decision, that is the jumping part. I am glad to hear that your decisions have paid off for the good. What if you never had closed your eyes and jumped?

      Remain Righteous XOXO

  • Chasing Joy says:

    Great post. Ilike the idea of the never forget list. I need to make one.

    Thanks for linking up for #FlashbackFriday. I have pined your post to the #FlashbackFriday pinterest board.

    • YGladney says:

      Thanks for stopping by and yes, we must never forget how much we’ve overcome and how far we’ve come. Thanks for sharing and Pinning. I will follow the board

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