Do you ever hear the questions you ask yourself? Like:“ There are so many things I want to do. If I do what I really want to – what happens if I fall short of my plans? Are my expectations too high? What will people think if I don’t do the things I said I was going to do”?
I would be surprised if you hadn’t asked yourself those questions. Do you know how much we sabotage ourselves? Are you afraid to take a chance to try doing something that you really want to do that you feel can make a difference in your life?
It takes courage to take a chance on doing something completely different than you have ever done before. I am almost at the end of the enormous challenge I took on when I decided to write a book and bottle my son’s seasonings. I have to admit that at this point I am feeling very intimidated and challenged. Now that the end of this journey is in sight – there is the daunting task of doing something with what has been created.
The next phase is really going to really make me get out of my comfort zone – I have to take my book and seasonings to market. The journey has been stimulating, exhausting, exciting but the next step is taking my breath away. Can I do this? The book looks beautiful and is filled with such good information and can be of so much help to many people. I have no doubt about that. But am I up to the challenge of giving it the unveiling it deserves? When I am struggling with thoughts like this I try to find uplifting, encouraging thoughts to push me on.
This is an excerpt from a poem that I cam across that really touched me. The author of the poem is unknown, and it is at the end of a wonderful little book written by Lynn Allen-Johnson entitled ‘Getting Out Of Your Own Way’. I hope it inspires you as it does me:
The Comfort Zone
I used to have a comfort zone
Where I knew I couldn’t fail
The same four walls of busy work
Were really more like jail
I longed so much to do the things,
I’d never done before.
But stayed inside my Comfort Zone
And paced the same old floor.
I couldn’t let my life go by
Just watching others win
I held my breath and stepped outside
To let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength
I’d never felt before
I kissed my Comfort Zone “good-bye”
And closed and locked the door.
Whatever it is that you desire to do, don’t be afraid to try. You don’t know what you are capable of. Just ask me.
No matter what your goals are. Whether it is to write a book, get a new job, finally release those unwanted pounds and keep them off – believe in yourself! Be courageous. Take a deep breath and step outside your comfort zone. You might just be surprised at the outcome.
Have a healthy, fruitful week.