Crossing the Line

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.

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How do you cross the line? What are you talking about? What do I do?

  1. Choose to commit
  2. Work hard
  3. Focus
  4. 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.”

Soren Kierkegaard

References: 

Parker, S. (2010). Cross the Line. Richmond, VA: Give More Media Inc.

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