|Ready for Take off by pam's pics, on Flickr|
The time just before the steep climbs in your effectiveness, the expansions in your influence, and the growth in your skills can be exciting and terrifying all at once. It can feel like you're sitting in a slingshot, and you can feel the creative tension growing as the band is being pulled back, stretching tighter and tighter to achieve the greatest possible range for your flight.
What is shooting you forward and up into the air? Sometimes you're doing it yourself, but sometimes it is an external force - unique circumstances, or people in your life like your boss, your friends, your family, or your team of trusted colleagues who are helping you stretch your potential into performance. They see what you can do now, and they have ideas about the even greater things they think you are capable of doing when given a nudge, a hand, a launch from a slingshot.
You aren't a stone, so there's no need to let fear stop you. You aren't a stone, without its own energy, relying on the force of the shot in order to fly through the air. You are a bird with wings, and once launched you can fly under your own power. You can stretch the energy from that initial burst into a majestic and graceful glide into that new, higher altitude if you choose to do so.