I recently had the privilege of being invited to bungee jump at the new Play at Heights Skybar in Pineslopes. Being somewhat of an adrenaline junkie, I simply could not turn down the offer, but as the hours drew near to the allotted time slot, my nerves of steel disintegrated into nerves of candy floss.
I was most impressed with the process. The staff were well trained and professional, encouraging me all the way through and being firm at the last moment, when I decided that this was no longer a good idea. The attitude they displayed was fantastic.
My bravado in the queue while I was being hooked up soon turned to a pathetic pleading as I stood on that ledge with nothing between me and the ground so very far below. I felt terror in every ounce of my being and simply refused to let go of the pole on one side and the man on the other side of me.
“I can’t do it!”
“Yes, you can, Karen, and you are going to jump right now.” He answered as he gently pried my fingers loose, placed his hand on my back and began the countdown.
Time seemed to slow down as I shakily put my arms out in front of me, terror engulfing me.
Shit, this was the point of no return. What was I thinking?
“1, bungee.” He gently nudged me forward.
Oh my frikking hell!
A scream poured out of me as I plunged at one heck of a speed groundward towards a pathetic little square of astroturf. As if that is going to help if anything goes wrong.
Before I knew it I was bouncing up again, fully alive with blood pounding through my veins. Oh, this is living! Adrenalin coursed through my body making me drunk with excitement.
What a rush the business of bungee is. Now, how about the bungee of business. The rush of new ventures, new relationships and new ideas in established businesses.
Just like bungee, business is an adventurous risk, however the risk needs to be an informed one. I jumped because I knew that the staff were trained, experienced and professional and that they would not let me down (excuse the pun). They encouraged me and talked me through the process and were firm when they had to be. Find someone to coach or mentor you in your business who will guide you through the processes and gently nudge you over the edge when it is time. Don’t be like the onlookers, loving the show, but missing the exhilaration of facing and overcoming fears. The bungee of business, the informed risks and getting things done, makes it all worthwhile.
By Karen Lancaster