I chose this word deliberately as I was planning my last class. It inspires me to be impactful. If I ask my students to put extraordinary effort into their practice, I've got to be willing to model the way.
I could have recycled an old class plan and picked a theme that worked well before. That would have been playing it safe. But I know from my own experience that "playing it safe" only begets more of the same. It makes me less likely to be bold and to reach just beyond my confidence [comfort] zone.
I've seen this same pattern when I want to introduce myself to a stranger... if I hesitate, it gets harder to pierce the boundary. In contrast, the more willing I am to put myself out there, the easier it gets to make new connections.
This simple analogy applies to situations in which we are confronted by self-imposed limitations. The more willing we are to seize the moment, face our insecurities and take a leap, the more courage we gain to be bolder in the face of uncertainty.
The juncture at which we lose confidence is where we gain confidence. This fascinating paradox inspires one to embrace living on the edge of confidence... where we are sure to experience real growth, real progress. Go step towards that edge... and you'll see that it requires a healthy dose of audacity.