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I’ve talked about comfort zones before. We all know this, but it’s worth repeating, stepping out of your comfort zone is the best thing you can ever do. And this whole “I’m making a podcast” thing is a terrific example for me to point to that proves I’m not afraid to practice what I preach.
But guys, it’s scary. Like, REALLY scary!
We crave a sense of familiarity, security, and certainty. We hardly ever want to open ourselves to the possibility of risks, stress, and anxiety. We hardly ever want to be thrown into uncertainty.
I have a real fear of failure and the unknown.
What if no one ever listens to SLP Trivia Fun? What if they do and they ALL hate it? This is stuff my brain keeps asking me.
Should I play it safe?
When we were children, we took more risks. But as adults we learned to fear failure; we learned to pull ourselves back by attempting fewer new things. By wanting to keep our body and mind in a “safe” place, we’d prefer to remain in our small bubble.
Well, I’m stepping out of my small bubble, ya’ll!
SLP Trivia Fun is coming along and it’s right on track for a November 2017 release. I’m teaching myself how to edit audio on a brand new software. I’m teaching myself how to create random sound effects with a bunch of crazy cool microphones I purchased. I’m teaching myself how to not cringe when I hear the sound of my own voice (LOL!). I’m teaching myself a ton and I’m very uncomfortable, but it’s that lack of comfort that’s helping me to grow.
A catalyst for growth itself is discomfort.
For one to change and adapt (and grow!), one needs to yearn and labor for something more. The transition will be uncomfortable and scary, but it’s also a rite of passage. Draw new possibly in every task and you might just get surprised by what you find. I’m surprising myself every single day with this podcast. It’s a humbling experience that I’m happy I’m trying. I’m happy I’m growing.
I want you to push yourself just like I am.
Are you avoiding something because, at this point in time, it seems too hard or impossible (or freakin’ scary)? Well, you’d best reconsider avoiding, babe. That very thing you’re avoiding now might be your key to success in the future. In any capacity whatsoever, be deliberate when trying to push your limits — look at those fresh challenges that seem above you and take a jab at ’em. Fortunately, the human mind tends to rise to the occasion when we challenge ourselves. If you learn to get comfortable with the discomfort of growth, you can master pretty much anything in this world.
You got this!
Looking beyond the pain of today can be the joyful key that opens up that door of progress. So, what are you waiting for?! I’m launching SLP Trivia Fun in a few weeks and this whole podcast thing has totally thrown me way past my comfort zone. What are exploring right now that’s throwing YOU out of YOUR comfort zone? Trust me, it’s worth it. Keep going.