How I use to be
A couple years ago I would have said no to every new thing that came my way that took me out of my comfort zone. I had bad anxiety from the childhood I had endured growing up and when I found comfort, I held onto it so tight like it was a nontangible security blanket, that it took me years to let go of it.
When friends wanted me to go out and have fun I would shut them down so quick because I wanted to stay in the comfort of my own apartment. I started to keep to myself and just take care of my son. Knowing what was going to happen day in and day out mattered to me because my upbringing was hostile and unpredictable.
So when I gained full control of adulthood, comfort was the game and I was crowned the winner each and every time.
The Shift Overtime
It wasn’t until I started college that I was forced to expand outside the comfort zone and step out. I was taking entrepreneur classes because I always had the hunger to start my own business and during those classes, the students were put into groups.
Each week the groups had to demonstrate their business and make a business plan. Standing up there in front of everyone was a nerve wrecking experience that turned into one of the best experiences for me.
One second I was enjoying my comfort zone and next I was forced into the spotlight of a room full of college students. Ever since then I have not looked back. I have continued to make strides.
The Podcast Opportunity
This week I came across an opportunity that screamed my name. One that I would have turned down a few years back or ignored. But since starting this site, I have become more aware of opportunities online. The podcast is recapping a show that I grew up on, that inspired bits of me.
I immediately jumped on it and the next night I had the ‘interview” to see if I was a good fit and by the end of the call, plans were made to start getting ready for us to record the first episode of the podcast which you can check out here.
Saying yes to taking this chance adds another throw of confidence into the bucket. It means I’ll be able to look back years later and tell my son and his kids about it. It has the same story potential of travel stories. Saying yes to this means I will be more open to other opportunities.
I can’t tell you what the outcome of this opportunity might be, however, I can tell you that it will be good. This will give me the experience to add audio to this site or start a youtube channel for those who prefer video. It might even turn into something far beyond what I can imagine.
Get out of your comfort zone especially if you continue to dream about the day when things are better. The Next Time You’re Thinking Of Saying No, How About A Yes!
Below are a few reads that will encourage you to start taking chances.