We have all heard the phrase “get outside of your comfort zone and do something today that scares you”. Really? Why would any right-minded woman like me do that? The physical impact alone….nausea, accelerated heartbeat, shaking, headache. It just doesn’t make sense.
What if I rephrased the command and instead asked myself, “If I could get out of my own way, how might I grow? With that subtle shift in perspective, I found myself open to the idea! And the timing for this was perfect.
I got a call late one Sunday night from a former student that owns a casting company. She was in need of a model for a print ad. I fit the description of the candidate so she called me. I could not see myself doing this… until I found out how much they were willing to pay for the shoot!
Despite my lack of experience and fear of the unknown, I decided that I needed to go for it! This new experience was surely worth the risk of potentially embarrassing myself, and my faith told me there had to be a lesson in all of this.
In less than twenty four hours, I had posed in yoga apparel, posed for a zillion photos, put together a portfolio and auditioned for the role. After catching my breath and processing what happened, it turned out to be one of those memorable experiences I doubt I’ll never forget!
I may or may not get the role, but either way, I have learned an important lesson. I practiced the benefits of getting out of my own way and it taught me a great lesson! That, my friends, was a great feeling.
Here’s what I learned…
- If we can dive into those places that scare us the most, we may actually have a little fun and move forward with work, life, love, and—gosh, who knows?
- Taking the first step is the hardest part of the journey. After that, it’s gets much easier.
- Our habitual mind wants to keep us in our comfort zone , but going for it is a game changer!
- A little self-deprecating humor is always good for the soul!