Have you ever taken the high dive test? I bet you have and haven’t even noticed it.
What in the world is the high dive test you may ask?
Imagine this: It’s towards the end of the summer and you finally worked up the
courage to jump off the high-diving board at your community pool. You’re standing
on the board and everyone on line behind you and everyone sitting around the pool are all looking up at you. Now it’s your chance to do something. What are you going to do?
Are you going to timidly creep up the end of the board filled with dread, crouch down, hold your nose, and slow tilt forward until you flop off? Or, as everyone watches, are you going to run to the edge, jump on the board and have it spring you further up in the air as you attempt to a massive cannon-ball, or a mega sit-down, or a classic forward dive?
You already know the answer. DON’T CREEP, HOLD YOUR NOSE, AND FLOP.
Instead RUN, AND SPRING, AND GO FOR A SPECTACULAR FINISH.
This applies to EVERYTHING YOU ATTEMPT ANYWHERE IN LIFE. You always have the choice to either HOLD BACK or GO ALL OUT. You make that choice every day and if you’re honest with yourself you know that life rewards those who GO ALL OUT. It’s just like in the movies. We root for the heroes because they GO ALL OUT. No one ever supports the person who holds back. Where’s the excitement in that?
When you repeatedly creep, hold your nose and then flop around in life you’re training yourself to play it safe, to be overly cautious, and when you do that you end up living a life a mediocrity. Nobody ever shocks people, or gathers a real following, or captures the imagination of others by playing it safe. They make statues, give awards, or name streets after people who play it safe. So if you want your life to be a great adventure, you need to GO ALL OUT.
Remember it’s much better to go out and temporarily fail in spectacular fashion
than it is to timidly hold back and hope for the best. When you’re on your deathbed
are you going to want to be able to say, “I wish I did” or “I’m glad I had?”
Even if you don’t attempt a massive cannon-ball, or a mega sit-down, or a classic forward dive the very first time off the high-dive, you need to hurry back up the ladder and GO ALL OUT.
If you don’t, you’re going to regret it big time.
How To Jump Off The High Dive Now (Speech)
– Written by Motivational Joe