Have you seen the Steve Harvey Jump video? Or maybe you’ve read his book based on the same theme? If not, the book’s title reveals the subject matter and the premise: Jump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance. Simplistically, the premise could be restated as “nothing ventured, nothing gained,” or even, as Nike suggests, “just do it”. But as anyone who has struggled with the notion of pursuing a dream knows, it’s not easy to jump, leap, venture forth, or just do it. In fact, it can be downright scary! Still, taking advantage of an opportunity requires first leaning in a little toward your dream, taking a closer look, and appreciating the possibilities. Of course, actually making the jump – for example, becoming a sales consultant – requires awareness of possible risks and rewards. It also requires faith – in yourself and in that force that keeps nudging you toward the opportunity.
The Steve Harvey Jump
The easiest way to explain the jump concept, of course, is to watch the Steve Harvey Jump video. Here’s a link, or you can Google “Steve Harvey jump video.” Watch it now. Then come back for the rest of my thoughts on how to use the jump philosophy to take advantage of the opportunity to become a sales consultant.
Did you watch it? Powerful stuff, huh?
As you can tell from the setting and the activity in the background, Harvey was addressing a studio audience at the Family Feud show. It’s common for performers or warm-up acts to keep the live audience engaged during breaks in the recording of a show. Steve Harvey used his time engaging with the audience to impart some extraordinary motivational wisdom. As you saw, it starts with a startlingly simple observation:
“Every successful person in this world has jumped.”
Think about that. Every successful person… Sure, some people have riches bestowed to them, but actual success – making something of yourself – demands moving toward something that matters to you. Author Christopher Morley put it this way: “There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”
Simply put, you have many gifts. Some gifts are seemingly in your nature from birth. Call them God-given gifts. Perhaps you are a natural musician or athlete or artist, for example. Other gifts are earned through learning, hard work, perseverance, and gaining wisdom from experience. These, too, are God-given gifts because you were given the abilities to learn, work hard, and persevere. Regardless of how you came to acquire your gifts, it’s a dreadful shame if you don’t use them.
And as Steve Harvey noted, education by itself does not take you far. You must identify your gift and use it! Your education and career successes should give you confidence that you can accomplish great things, but if you never take the leap of faith toward your dream, how far will you go?
The Jump as a Leap of Faith
Again, quoting Steve Harvey:
“At one point in time, man, do yourself a favor. Go see what God really do. God hold you up, man. He ain’t going to let you fall. He didn’t bring you this far to let you fall.”
Yes, making the jump is a leap of faith. You’ll need to take lots of deep breaths. You’ll need to take stock of what you are getting yourself into. You’ll need to keep your eyes wide open and maintain keen focus on your goal. But you’ll also need to be prepared for disappointments – and to use those disappointments as learning opportunities that set you up for even greater successes.
Is it easier to “play it safe and deal without the cuts and the tears”? Perhaps. But it’s also less rewarding and fulfilling.
Indeed, for many people there are two common fears: the fear of trying and failing; and the fear of not trying and ending up living an unfulfilled life. For me, the latter fear was far more frightening than the first. So, I jumped. And I got a few scrapes along the way. But I stood up, dusted myself off, and continued on the path to living my best life – and it has become a life of no regrets.
The Bottom Line:
What is your dream? To paint or play guitar or build houses for the homeless? Maybe, as was the case with our nationwide network of licensed Sales Xceleration Advisors, you want to become a sales consultant and use your sales leadership experience and wisdom to help businesses survive and thrive. Whatever you dream, whatever you envision as being part of your best life, take Steve Harvey’s advice and jump! As he says, it’s “the only way to get to that abundant life. You got to jump, man. You got to take a chance.”
If becoming a sales consultant is one of your life goals, we hope you’ll consider the sales consulting opportunity of becoming a licensed Sales Xceleration Advisor. To learn more, contact us today at 1.844.874.7253.
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