When you see the title of this post, you have to wonder, what four letter word is she talking about?? I won’t make you read a really long post before I tell you the word. But, the remainder of this post will explain why I say this word is so important. The four letter word that will change your life is, “JUMP”.
I know what you are thinking. What is she talking about? Lindsay has finally lost it. She is off her rocker.
But, it is true.
Let me explain.
A few years ago, I started writing down goals for myself, for Matt and I together and for our family at the beginning of each year. I read somewhere that it is important to write your goals down to make them happen. I thought I would give it a try. Before that, all goals were pretty simple and generic and never written down; save more, spend less, more date nights, etc.
Then, a couple of years ago, I told Matt that we needed to think bigger. We always talked about things we wanted to do and where we wanted to be, but we didn’t take it past those conversations. We needed to stop talking and start doing. If we were serious about those things we constantly talked about, then we needed to push harder. We needed to use the Four Letter Word That Will Change Your Life. We needed to JUMP feet first.
So we did.
We wrote down BIG goals. Our initial JUMP was to put it out there. We dug deep and really thought about those BIG things that we never thought would happen, but wished they would.
One of the bigger goals we added to the list was flipping houses and/or investing in rental properties. We never really thought it would happen, but then again, we didn’t really align ourselves to make it happen. We never made the initial JUMP to even write it down. Not this time around. We put it down in our five-year goal plan.
That was two years ago.
After we crossed off our one-year goals, I started looking for properties. I was still comfortable at this stage. I was just looking and doing some research, nothing too scary. No commitment at this stage. Then, after a few months, I got more serious and was really persistent about it.
I wrote many letters and called many numbers. Then, one day while I was at Target, I got a call. The owners of one of the houses I wrote to wanted to sell it!!! I was excited for the call back, but didn’t get too excited because we hadn’t walked through the house yet and I had no idea what they wanted for it. I was still comfortable. It was taking mini JUMPS at this point. All things I hadn’t done before, but working towards that end goal.
The owners needed to show the house to me that day. They had just gotten my letter that day and they were going to call a realtor to list the property the following day. What are the odds of that?? (I used to think things like this were coincidences, but now I know they are well, laid out plans.) Since Matt works about 45 minutes from our home, I needed to go through the house on my own. My dad was a phone call and was happy to walk through it with me. We have helped my dad flip a few homes and he used to be in real estate and construction so he is a wealth of knowledge for us. After we saw the house, dad and I thought it was a great house for our first flip.
I was so nervous. I called Matt at work to fill him in. I knew this was something we wanted to do, but I was nervous. We have helped my dad flip homes, but those were “his”. That was safe. This time around, the house would be in our name. It would be “ours”. A little different.
Matt, as always, was the rational, calm voice he always is. He talked me off my “scared ledge” and reminded me of our goals. He told me that we needed to JUMP and do this. It is there for the taking and we just have to get on board. #thankfulforthisman
We had to JUMP. We had to use the four letter word that will change your life.
We were crossing another goal off our list. I am not going to lie and say I wasn’t uncomfortable. I was a nervous wreck going to sign all the paperwork. But, in that moment, I knew we were growing. I knew we were finally moving and not standing still. Being uncomfortable is part of the growth process. If things are always comfortable, you aren’t moving forward. You have to JUMP!
I have been thinking about writing this post for a long time, but didn’t know how to. Then, I joined the launch team for a new book and the answer was right there.
KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms is a blogger I have followed since I started my blog. Her home is gorgeous and she has fabulous ideas, but the story she has to tell in her new book, “So Close To Amazing” makes me love her even more.
I took the book with me to the pool the first time we went this summer. I finished it that afternoon. She was talking about the JUMP her and her husband took and where it lead them. After I read that book, it was more apparent that I needed to write this post. She gave my post a name. The word JUMP is just a four letter word until you apply it to your life and the goals you want to achieve.
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Do you need to make the JUMP and put The Four Letter Word That Will Change Your Life into action? What is holding you back?
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