“Should you ever find yourself on your path, moving along in spite of fear, wondering if you’re ready or not to rise to the next level, chances are great that you will not be ready.” – Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe

Are we ever ready, and wouldn’t it be better to wait until it’s all perfect?

Most of us have been there, at that time in our lives, when we were being called to step into our greatness, to leave that job, to release that relationship, to take that new position, to give a speech, and to write that book.

I call it taking the leap.

The leap is when you make the decision to do it. That’s it. You just say, “Okay, I am doing this thing.”

And here is the secret. You don’t have to know how yet. The how comes later, because the leap is simply making the declaration that you are doing something new.

The leap is a pivotal moment because several things happen as soon as you do this:

  • First, you activate the Law of Intention, where you are sending your desire out into the Universe, and that’s when the magic begins.
  • Opportunities start coming your way to make it easier.
  • People start showing up to help you on your path.

It’s funny because one other thing often happens when we take the leap.  Fear pops up. It often sounds like this: “What are you doing?  Are you crazy?  Let’s do this later.  I’m not ready!”

This pivotal moment is when you need support, someone to help hold you accountable, someone who can show you the way. This is when you will need your supporters to motivate you forward by saying, “You can do it! We believe in you!”

This is when you must trust that this is part of the process to living into your purpose.   You don’t need it to be perfect. You simply need to step through your fear, because when you do, you will find your power.

Why is the leap important?  Because every time you take the leap, even if you fall, you learn and grow.  You also get closer to your goal.

Don’t keep your music inside of you.  Trust the process!

This month on Smart Women Talk, you will hear from two brilliant young women as they share their journeys to finding their purpose.  They each did this by being vulnerable and overcoming their fears.  I hope their stories may help you embrace your uniqueness and gifts so you, too, can identify and embrace your superpowers.

French hornist and folksinger Mary Beth Orr will share how being brave, vulnerable, and authentic helped her navigate extraordinary challenges that ultimately led her to live her purpose and a joyful life today.

ADHD Coach Alyssa Blackwell found the gift in her ADHD and used it to help others with ADHD overcome challenges while finding fulfillment through their unique strengths. 

I have found that so often, what we look at as a problem or challenge is the key to our happiness and success.


Katana Abbott, CFP®, is a Midlife Millionaires® Coach and Certified Social Security Claiming Specialist, and the host of Smart Women Talk. For over 35 years, Katana has helped Baby Boomers plan for retirement, including how to create lifetime income, how to optimize their Social Security benefits, launch an encore career, and prepare for long-term care.  She has written several books, created a financial literacy course, and is a popular speaker. Katana has been honored by NAWBO as one of Detroit’s Top 10 Businesswomen, receiving the Breakthrough Award. To download her new retirement guide, Three Smart Strategies to Maximize Your Retirement Income, visit www.katanaabbott.com.