Are you a Cliff Jumper? Or a Trail Taker?

Neither is wrong – whether you are a dive right in, feel the rush as you take the plunge kind of person, or if you want to take the longer, less abrupt trail to creating the life you crave. Both paths can get you exactly where you want to be.

Sometimes, it takes both paths to get you there – a walk down the trail on the side of the mountain until you get to just the right ledge to leap from.

I jumped into coaching with my coach in 2010.  It was 2 years later that I made the more profound leap into the life I really wanted to be living.  I took the slower, winding trail for while, discovering the nooks and crannies of my life and exploring what was working and what wasn’t. I became very well acquainted with who I was and what I was dealing with.  Because of this, when I reached the right ledge, I saw it for exactly what it was and I was ready to jump.

Both took courage.

It takes courage to get ruthlessly honest with yourself and see what is working and what isn’t.

For some of us, we need to ease into our dream and do it over time. For some of us, we prefer the band aid approach – just go for it, quickly. As I shared, I did both.

So which are you? Or perhaps a better question is this: which is the right approach for you right now? They are both action, which action do you chose?

The third option is a non-starter, inaction.  Inaction sucks as a vehicle for creating the lifestyle you truly want.  No more space to be wasted on this idea.

The Cliff Jumper:

Cliff jumpers tend to be impulsive.  You leap and figure out how to safely land while in mid-air. This can be a legitimate approach in many situations and has served me well more than once.

Cliff jumping energy gets unnecessarily dangerous when done without thought.

Cliff jumping energy is always dangerous, but that danger is positive and a propellant when done consciously and with intent.  When you understand the leap you are making, you have looked at the possible positive and negative outcomes and you have a plan in mind for what happens next – leap away.

This energy is very positive and supportive for people who are ready for change now.  Like right now, yesterday now. You can’t stand one more minute of the same. Something needs to change and you are ready for whatever it is.  This was the energy I hired my coach with – I needed change and I needed it to start now.

The Trail Taker:

Trail Takers tend to be gatherers of experience. While they also want a change, they want to go at it with either more caution, or over a period of time.  Perhaps there are already energies in motion to create the ledge for them and they need to understand the plan for the leap, or there is need to figure out who they are and what they really want from a leap.

Trail Takers need to build a foundation and an understanding of who they are and what they are doing.

Then they become cliff jumpers when their right ledge appears.

Which are you?

  1. Spend some time with the question in journaling or meditation.
  2. Go for a walk in the woods and pay attention to how you respond to the walk. Are you anxious to get to the end, or are you enjoying the path?
  3. Get an assessment: claim your Confusion to Clarity Strategy Session with me and let’s figure out if you are a cliff jumper or a trail taker and what you can do about it.

If you crave some change, if your soul is calling for something more, knowing which energy is serving you to create that more is one step toward finding it. It can feel dangerous to answer this call, courage is the antidote to fear.  You can feel the fear and do it anyway – be courageous.

Live Dangerously, Be You.

Learn more about Life Coach, Glass Artist and Creator of The Art of Living Dangerously (un)Program,  Jennifer Murphy at

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