In the grand tapestry of life, there comes a moment when the universe seems to whisper, “It’s your time to soar.” It’s an invitation, an awakening, a call to embrace our own path of self-discovery, growth and transformation. Imagine yourself as a fledgling bird in a nest, high in the branches of a tall, ancient tree. The world beyond the nest is vast and unknown, filled with endless possibilities. The safety of the nest has nurtured you, but it’s also limited your view of the world. You’ve felt the gentle nudges of curiosity and ambition, the fluttering of wings eager to explore, to see what lies beyond.
The first step is to recognize the call – to acknowledge that inner voice whispering, “It’s your time to soar.” Once you do, that becomes the moment when you become conscious of your potential, your dreams, and the desire for personal development. To soar, you must leave the nest behind. The act of leaving, of stepping outside your comfort zone, is the true beginning of your personal development journey. As you soar higher and higher, you gain a new perspective. The world below unfolds in ways you could never have imagined from the safety of your nest. You see landscapes of opportunity and challenge, of mountains to climb and valleys to traverse. The higher vantage point is the clarity that personal development brings – it’s the ability to see your life, your dreams, and your potential from a broader perspective.
Soaring isn’t always easy. You’ll encounter turbulence, storms and unexpected gusts that threaten to push you off course. These challenges are the tests of your resolve, the trials that shape your character. They’re the moments when you learn to adjust your wings, to navigate adversity, and to strengthen your resolve. In these moments, you discover your resilience, your determination, and the unwavering belief that you have what it takes to soar.
Personal development is not a solitary journey. Along the way, you’ll encounter other birds of different feathers – those who have embarked on their own journeys of self-discovery. These encounters are opportunities for connection and further growth, for learning from one another’s experiences and sharing the wisdom of the skies. You must know that your journey is yours alone, and while you can fly with others, it is your vision and journey. Having a guide through the flight is always helpful. When I work with people, I make sure I lead them through the turbulence, but allow them to make their own decisions.
In the journey of personal development, there is one constant – striving for improvement and expanding your horizons, learning to refine your skills, and to learn from your mistakes. It’s a commitment to lifelong learning, a dedication to self-improvement, and a willingness to adapt and evolve. The desire to soar is a relentless pursuit of excellence, a never-ending quest to grow and always be the best version of yourself.
To soar is to live authentically and embrace your uniqueness, celebrating your strengths and acknowledging your passion, while pursuing your dream with unwavering determination. One of the first questions I ask when I sit with a person whether it be an individual, couple or even a CEO, I ask “how bad do you want it? What is something you are willing to give up to be the next version of you?” In the skies of personal development, authenticity is the compass that guides your flight, ensuring that you stay on course despite the distractions and temptations that may arise.
As you continue to soar, you’ll encounter moments of doubt and uncertainty. You may question whether you’re on the right path, whether you have strength to keep going, or whether you’ll ever reach the heights you envisioned. These moments are the tests of your faith – in yourself, in your journey and in the belief that you are meant to soar. One of the things I hear from people I work with is “I am ready to give up” and I reply to them, “it’s your choice, but would you give up on something that allows you to see as far as your dreams? It’s all right there when you find the right flight path.”
In the pursuit of personal development, there’s an art to balancing ambition with patience. While the desire to soar may fuel your determination, it’s essential to recognize that growth takes time, just as a bird strengthens its wings through practice and patience, and the understanding that at first the progress may be gradual. It’s about trusting the process and allowing yourself the space to grow at your own pace. Not looking at others, seeing their growth journey and measuring yourself against someone else is difficult. I remind people that this is YOUR journey, and you will get there at your pace, not someone else’s pace.
To soar is to take calculated risks – to explore new horizons, to venture into uncharted territory, and to seize the opportunities that come your way, embracing uncertainty and the unknown. Risk-taking is the wind beneath your wings, propelling you to new heights and pushing the boundaries of what you thought was possible. Remember to risk, but risk well and understand as much as you can about the risks and you will find ways to overcome them.
As you soar, you’ll find that your perspective on life undergoes a profound transformation. The world below, once daunting and unfamiliar, becomes a place of wonder and possibility. Once you allow yourself to see the beauty in the smallest of details – the shimmering lakes, the lush forests, and the winding rivers of life, you realize that every moment is a gift, every challenge is an opportunity, and every encounter is a chance to learn and grow.
All this flying, growing and soar is not without moments of solitude. Seeing the whole sky might seem daunting and scary, and I often remind people to look small when things look too big. In these solitary moments, you’ll discover your inner strength, the power of self-reflection and the importance of finding peace and contentment within yourself. Solitude is a teacher, and a necessary part of the soaring process.
Listen to the winds and you will hear the universe whisper, “It’s YOUR time to soar”, and embrace it all with open arms. Step out of your comfortable nest, spread your wings, and take flight. Embrace the challenges, risk well and learn from the wins as much as the things that might not have worked as planned, celebrate the victories and remember that this is a lifelong adventure – one that allows you to explore the boundless skies of your potential and to soar to new heights you never thought possible. Step beyond your comfort zone, for it’s in those daring moments that you truly spread your wings and experience growth.
In this soaring journey, you will encounter the air currents – life’s challenges and changes will always continue to come like the winds from the four corners of the earth. Embrace these moments, for they are also the winds that will propel you to greater heights. Learning to navigate them with grace and resilience will not only be your biggest test, but also one of your greatest achievements.
As we ascend, we have met other soaring souls. These personal growth journeys can be your companions and inspirations and embrace the camaraderie of the shared skies. Together, you might be able to weather some of the storms that will test your resolve. Knowing your resources and how to manage them individually and collectively will be a test of your resolve. In those moments, hold steady, adjust your course if needed and know that the storms of life eventually pass. However, don’t forget to embrace that solitude of flying in the vast skies of growth, as these are opportunities for introspection, self-discovery and inner strength. Just as a bird must maintain its physical condition, take care of your well-being. Remember to exercise, and nourish your mind, body and soul. A healthy vessel ensures a smoother flight.
I wanted to share some tips I have come up with just to provide a sort of flight plan for you to think about as you get ready to soar.
Tips for Soaring
- Set Clear Goals
- Continuous Learning
- Step out of your comfort zone
- Embrace Change
- Cultivate Self-Awareness
- Practice Mindfulness
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Positive Self-Talk
- Seek Feedback
- Build Strong Relationships
- Time Management
- Set realistic expectations
- Celebrate achievements
- Help others
- Forgive and let go
- Stay inspired
- Adapt and evolve
- Seek mentors
While this all is a different and unique journey for each of us, and what works for one person might not work for another. Knowing it’s essential to find the strategies and practice that resonate with you personally. Stay committed to your growth, be patient with yourself, and embrace the winds that life brings.
It’s now your turn to take the leap of faith off this branch, my bird friend, and say “It’s my time to soar.” See you in the big open skies.