If you've ever gone swimming, you've probably noticed an interesting phenomenon.

When the water is chilly, people often take extra steps to ensure they're acclimated to the temperature before going in.

For example, you might notice someone dipping just their toes into the water or somebody going in only knees-deep.

Oftentimes, however, you'll see a few people who don't take the time to get acclimated to the water.

Instead, they back away from the edge of the pool, pick their spot, take a few running leaps, and splash! They jump right in.

Yes, they have to endure a few moments of extreme discomfort as their bodies adjust, but they adjust more quickly and get to spend more time in the pool than those timidly sitting on the edge.

And so it is with life.

In everything that you do, you have the option to take your time, to go nice and slow, and to take small, incremental steps towards the end goal. Or, you can take the risk and jump right in, figuring it out as you go.

One approach is not necessarily better than the other, but being intentional about your approach is imperative.

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