Big steps can be scary, because big steps represent
the biggest changes in our lives. When we look at
big steps, we look at risking everything we've "built
up" in our lives, including the homes we've bought,
the relationships we've developed, the things that we've
acquired, the "safety" we've enjoyed.
But sometimes big steps are required because of the ways
that circumstances have developed in our lives.
Sometimes, it's necessary to move on to something else if
what we're doing has proved to be unsustainable or
ineffective. In those cases, the best thing that we
can do is to make a plan to take a big step, for if we
plan for it, we can prepare ourselves mentally,
emotionally, and physically for the change.
I remember when a friend in his 50's was laid off from his
job of 30 years. He and his wife were forced to take
the big step of moving to another state, and things turned
out very well for them. I've known other people who
have refused to take any sort of big steps, preferring
instead to keep chipping away at the boulder that's in
their way--after a very long time, the boulder's still in
their way, whereas with a big step they might have gone
completely around that boulder.
Taking big steps is a question of faith and of belief in
ourselves and in the higher powers that we believe
in. You will be okay. Sometimes, jumping
across that chasm is the worst part, and you find a trail
of immense beauty on the other side. Weigh the
risks, of course, but don't spend too much time focusing
on them--look also at the potential and possibility
inherent in the leap that you're planning on taking.