“At times we shall simply have to admit that, one way or another, what we can neither explain nor understand certainly doesn’t cease to exist because we cannot understand how it does or why it should.”
– Dr Mark Hyman
The above quote is a brilliant way of illustrating the fact that you simply don’t know what you don’t know until you know it. It may sound funny but it’s true. In order to know what you don’t know you would obviously have to have some knowledge of it, in which case you would then know it. I don’t want to move away from the concept of personal development and life coaching and into the area of philosophy, but I think that this is a very important point. In a way, you could even call this concept faith. It’s believing something exist without have any knowledge of it or how or why it exists.
Being able to have the vision and faith to move forward towards something that to our five senses seems impossible is a skill that anyone seeking an exceptional life quality needs. If you can only achieve what you already know, then personal growth would be impossible. What I am saying here is that the only way of successfully dealing with the unknown is from a position of faith. Knowing that, there is a power and intelligence that we cannot understand that is in control of the situation and moving it forward for our greater good. As in the quote, not understanding or being able to explain that power does not cause it to cease to exist.
I have dreams and goals as do we all, and like most I don’t know how those dreams will be achieved. The achievement still rests in the unknown for me. By having the faith to know that even though I don’t know, a way will reveal itself, gives me the strength and motivation to continue when otherwise defeat would seem the only possible outcome.
One of the big keys to personal development and growth is dealing with the unknown, being able to jump without seeing how high you are or how you are going to land. Faith is the parachute, but it will not open until you make that leap. Most will never make that leap because they need to know the parachute will open before jumping. It just doesn’t work like that sadly. If it did, how easy life would be! Nobody knows if a business will succeed until it’s opened, nobody knows if a relationships will work until it’s entered, nobody wins the lottery without buying a ticket, this is how life works. All of these require a leap of faith into the unknown.
The unknown is not something to fear, it’s something to be embraced, it is where you hopes, goals and aspirations currently reside. It is where your destiny is. Overcome your fear and watch your life leap from strength to strength.