10 Signs it’s Time to Make the Leap

by Alli Polin on August 16, 2013

Leaders Make the Leap - The Time is Now

We all want to make a leap.

We are all constantly either making leaps or standing still.  Some leaps are bigger than others but when we start to think “we can’t” is when it’s the beginning of the end.  For some, it can be a leap to show up as your true, authentic self, and for others, it can be a leap to radically change the direction or structure of the organization – both bring fear, choices and indecision.

Whatever you most want to do and whatever leap you want to make, you need to truly know you CAN do it and the secret is not so secret: Nobody ever has to leap alone and in fact, we are stronger together.  

Is your leap:

A new job?

Move to a new city?

Reach out to an old friend with whom you’ve lost touch?

Start blogging?

Step up and be a leader even without formal authority?

Find some balance in your life?

Get promoted?

Inspire your team?

Say NO more?

Say YES more?

Get more sleep?

Play more, work less?

Get back up after a failure?

Recreate your business?

Travel the world?

Be happy and leave the cranky-you for good?

(Insert YOUR leap here)?

If you’re waiting for a sign that NOW is the time, maybe you’ll recognize one here:

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Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that’s simple, beautiful and fun.

Well, what’s your leap? 

Are you ready to make the leap?  For speaking, coaching or consulting, Let’s Connect!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt August 16, 2013 at 8:40 am

Great post; thank you for this, and all your great posts.

I believe you encouraged us to put our leaps down on “paper” if we think it would help. Here’s mine 🙂

My Leap is commit to a date-certain for transitioning from what I’m doing now to a self-employed, location-independent coach.

Part of this is preparing for Attempt II* of my Four Corners** motorcycle ride. I will (and this is scary to actually say) leave for my ride on September 1, 2014. Implicit in that goal is a vital corallary goal: I will have, on average, five — or more — paying coaching clients every month. And, I will be credit card debt-free with a Travel Fund that will sustain my trip independent of any further income.

There are other aspects of my Leap, but they’re not currently sussed out *they’re “details” really… ). But setting a date for my trip, and the naming the basics of what needs to be in place are some powerful things for me to work toward and live into.

I’m excited, now the World knows…


Alli Polin August 17, 2013 at 8:09 am

Matt – I admire that you not only have a dream of being a location-independent coach but I know how hard you’re willing to work to make it a reality. The leap is not something that happens in the blink of an eye, or walking off a cliff but through commitment and hard work.

Also, I’m looking forward to following your cross country adventures starting on September 1, 2014 .

You have taken on the challenge but declaring to the world what you’re going to make a reality and I have NO DOUBT that is the case.

Yes, now the world knows and we all know how long things live on the internet 😉


Matt August 16, 2013 at 8:43 am

Sorry forgot the “notes:”

* FYI: Attempt I was October 2011. After making it to the first of two NorthEastern corners (Lubec, ME) I decided to postpone the trip indefinitely. I was unprepared in so many ways (riding equipment, emotionally and financially; Take II will be different, much different… )

* Wherein I will ride a motorcycle to all _seven_ “corners” of the continental United States and ride in all lower 48 states. I plan on taking *approximately* three months for the trip. A wild educated guess puts the trip at between 18,000 and 20,000 miles.


LaRae Quy August 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

This is a very timely post for me because I am about to…make a leap! I’m re-designing my website and narrowing my focus. It’s exciting and it feels like an adventure – and I haven’t had one of those for a while! When we look at starting something new as an adventure, it adds a sense of excitement and possibility. Sure, there is the unknown, but isn’t that what exploring is all about? Thanks for sharing your thoughts…which happen to be the same as mine 🙂


Alli Polin August 17, 2013 at 8:10 am

LaRae –

It totally feels like an adventure, doesn’t it?! I’m working on my focus too and I fully admit, I don’t know every right step 1 – 10 but I do know that making changes and putting effort in towards goals feels GREAT. Look forward to what’s next for you!!


Terri Klass August 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm

What a motivational post, Alli because it really excites me to think of my next “leap”! Where will I be brave enough to focus my energy and passion? And I do believe it will take courage and truly stepping outside my comfort zone.

You did a fabulous job with the haiku deck! Loved the pictures and the words and the messages!

Go girl! I am right behind you!



Alli Polin August 17, 2013 at 8:15 am

Terri –

Far too many people think about the leap and it brings up all kind of fear and I LOVE that for you it’s excitement! It is for me too. What an incredibly powerful question you’ve asked: “Where will I be brave enough to focus my energy and passion?” Wow. That is truly a question that calls us forth to greatness and to give nothing less than our personal best. Comfort zone? What’s that? 😉

Thanks for the shout out for the Haiku Deck! I love using it since it forces me to be succinct and puts visuals front and center.

Love that you’re on my team, Terri! Appreciate you!


Kimunya Mugo August 17, 2013 at 12:44 am

Just spotted your post +Alli Polin. It just continued to unsettle further as this is a period of major (and sustained) changes every side I look! Some big bones to chew on… As Terri Klass also notes, love the haiku deck 🙂


Alli Polin August 17, 2013 at 8:17 am


I know what major and sustained feels like. I’m inspired that you keep pushing forward and are finding your path to consistently reach others and make a difference. You’re not chewing on those bones alone – you’re with friends that will support you 100% of the way! Many thanks for your honest comment and contribution to this post!


Alice Chan August 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Great deck, Alli! The images go very well with your points, too. I’ve done my leaping for some time, though I’m quite sure more will be in the offing. 🙂 I have a friend who holds a very high position at her company and knows she needs to make a leap–extremely bored and extremely stressed at the same time–but fear keeps her stuck. It’s the curse of “the golden handcuff.” Thank you for bringing the important points in this post in a visual format!


Alli Polin August 19, 2013 at 2:12 am

Alice, I know the golden handcuffs all too well! A few years ago I had a friend that was a VP in a large organization in what on paper should have been a fantastic job but it was just sucking the life out of him. He resigned, with no other job in sight. Many people thought he was crazy but he was leaping towards things that mattered much more in his life: time with his family, less travel, a supportive senior exec team, and working in an org culture that inspires him. It was not an easy process for him but I admire his courage and conviction to creating his life and getting unstuck.

Here’s to our future leaps! Thanks for your comment, Alice!


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