At one point in your life, personally or professionally, you are going to have to make a choice to “cross the line.” Have you crossed the line? If not, when will you?
By Jamie Nicole
Now, you are probably thinking to yourself, “isn’t crossing the line usually a bad thing?” “Isn’t crossing the line the last chance, the last straw, the ticket to the big house?” Well, in this case it is the opposite. Step back a moment. This line is a line of opportunity, of change and of hope.
I believe at one point in the past two years that I have crossed this line and I am pretty sure there are a few situations where I stood on both sides or jumped back. If I did cross the line, it was for me. I crossed the line of opportunity for myself. It may have taken several “beatings around the bush,” however at one point it happened. I know it did; I felt that it did. I do not believe I ever crossed back over the line for the fear of the challenge or the work-it was more or less second thoughts from my “inner voice” telling me it wasn’t time and that I crossed too quickly. I guess you will never know unless you take the chance.
How do you cross the line? What are you talking about? What do I do?
- Choose to commit
- Work hard
- Bounce back
Time to Think: Ask yourself these questions and reflect. Give yourself think time.
- Where am I good at crossing the line?
- Where am I challenged with crossing the line? Who is getting in the way?
- Who do I admire for crossing the line?
- Who could I team up with to hold me accountable?
- Where do I absolutely want to cross the line? Make a list
- Am I willing to put in the effort to improve in the areas I’m challenged? Yes. (there is no “No” answer for this one)
- Who should I minimize (eliminate) contact with?
- What should I allow to have my attention?
- By what date will I cross the line?
“The thing that cowardice fears most is decision.”
Parker, S. (2010). Cross the Line. Richmond, VA: Give More Media Inc.