The Leap of Faith

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Last weekend at a teambuilding camp, we ran team building game called “The Leap of Faith”. Some of your folks may have heard of this game. For those who have not, well it’s basically where a person is asked to stand with his two hands crossed over his chest and with two other team mates standing several steps behind him in a supporting position. When he is ready, he literally allows himself to fall back wards into the supporting hands of his two team mates. (More radical version of this game does exist!)

 

 For many of the participants this was a frightening experience. The need to just let go and trust was challenging! Some had to be “counseled” to give it a try!  Nonetheless after the second try, many felt at ease and kind of enjoyed the experience of letting go with a sense of certainty that they will be safe and supported by their team mates.

 

Here’s the thing that I found amusing. When I played this same game with kids, there was absolute enjoyment, fun and a willingness to do “the leap of faith” over and over again! No hesitations, doubts or fears. Adults on the other hand seemed to have “issues” when it comes to trust. (I included!) We seemed to have been programmed by our past experiences to trust less, to doubt and to fear in order to remain safe and to avoiding getting hurt, betrayal or disappointment.

 

Perhaps this is a natural mechanism that keeps us from future harm. Nevertheless when we live a large part of our adult lives unconsciously without examining our references, presuppositions and beliefs about trust, we may end up living small, stopping the actualization of our fullest self.

 

Now back to the “leap of faith”. As mentioned, for most of the participants, when it was their turn to take “the leap of faith”, their past references on trust and letting go kicked it. Wham!  But here’s the interesting thing that happened, after the second try, most of them became more relaxed, confident and willing to take the leap. What happened? They were able to reprogram themselves in this instance and draw new references and conclusions and back it up emotionally to respond differently! Yes, you got that right; most of us can build new references to live with greater levels of trust and faith!

 

 

How important is trust in our daily lives? VERY, VERY important!

 

Today we live in a world that needs folks who will invest in the economy of trust that runs relationships, families, businesses, politics, the economy, society, religion, ethics, human development, etc. and which will fundamentally determine the psychological, spiritual, economical, physical and emotional health of human person! Without trust in oneself, the other or in ones guiding higher power, no new worlds, inventions and break through would have been possible.

 

Without trust and faith, obstacles, set backs, challenges, disappointments and hardships would have had their last “corrosive and tragic say” in our human experience. Taking the leap of faith will determine the very quality of our human experience and existence!

 

So how can we invest in the “economy of trust”? Firstly by recognizing the link between our behavior and the amount of trust people have in us. If our behaviors have eroded trust, we need to immediately apologize, admit our error, seek forgiveness and recommit ourselves to the relationship, the cause, vision and mission in visible and concrete ways.

 

“Words that are followed up by concrete actions always make the

best kind of evidence to build trust!”

- Conrad Rozario

 

Secondly we need to understanding that the process of “trusting” involves two basic components: the “hard ware” and the “soft ware” components. Building on both is essential.

                            

The “hard ware” component of trust deals with keeping ones commitments to agreements, completing whatever is mutually expected, being consistent in supporting, contributing and collaborating while owning ones place in a team, group, organization or family by putting ones gifts, talents and skills at the service of others and the collective agenda.

 

The “soft ware” component of trust deals with ones emotional and psychological commitment to the partnership and helping others feel supported and safe. It is having the ability to communicate with honest, empathy and mutual respect while demonstrating compassion and a willingness to forgive and be forgiven. It calls for ones commitment to nurture, to being open and transparent while demonstrating a high degree of personal credibility and integrity.          

  

Faith and trust are two sides of the same coin, and that’s a gold coin because the combined values of both of these “virtues” are immeasurable!

 

To have faith ones needs trust and to trust one need’s some degree of faith, even before evidence is obtained. Once evidence is available, it has to build on a consistent basis, habitually and scientifically following the two components cited above.

 

So are you in? Are you ready to take “the leap of faith”?  Your future, the quality of your emotional, psychological and spiritual well being as well as the quality of your relationships and the well being of others will be determined by your answer. Why, even your higher power will be waiting on your answer!

 

I do hope the clip below from “Last Crusade” will serve as an inspiration for each of us to take and keep taking the leap of faith in our lives!     

 

 

Stay committed to transcending, transforming and transferring value back to your world!

Conrad Rozario is the founder of Alchemy Resources. He has more than 14 years experience in Sales, Marketing, Business Management and Talent Development. He holds a MBA from Gordon University, Illinois, is a Certified & Licensed Trainer of Neuro Semantics and NLP (ISNS, USA), a Master Practitioner in Neuro Semantics and NLP (ISNS, USA) and a Language and Behavior Profiling for Coaching Practitioner.  You can follow Conrad on facebook!
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