“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus
You cannot become what you intend to become, without letting go of who you are now. This quote can be metaphoric for many areas of life, and in most cases, is the only way to truly change. So, what does this mean for the entrepreneur?
Think of the shore as your current life as it is. This could be friends, habits, comfort zones, “blankie” from when you were a toddler, really anything you would consider a staple in your life. The ocean is a journey to where you want to be. It is the road to improvement. Like Columbus, you may not even know exactly where it is you are going; you may think you know, but something even better may be out there.
This is sometimes the hardest thing to grasp and implement into our lives, because it means saying goodbye. You are the average of the five people you hang out with the most; so, this may mean saying goodbye to friends (or at least spending less time with them) who are stagnate and have no desire to achieve something better. This will mean saying goodbye to habits that have no productive purpose in your life. Unquestionably, this will lead to you leaving your comfort zone.
By nature, trying out new things takes you away from what you have always known and stirs apprehension. As for “blankie,” well, that one is up to you.
This will not happen overnight; you slowly lose sight of the shoreline, and you will need to slowly start letting go of the variables in your life holding you back. There is a silver lining though, a whole “new world” will open up to you as soon as you muster up the courage to stop holding on. The anticipation of the leap is worst part.