It’s not that I haven’t done things in the past that have made me uncomfortable, it’s just that this was way beyond my comfort zone…like we’re talking so far out that I was practically in a different country.
First of all, I am introverted to the core (one of the many reasons that I love working for myself), so even small crowds of people make me uneasy.
And on top of that, I’m shy…
Needless to say, going to San Francisco to meet 16 new ladies was a challenge in and of itself.
Add to that the video cameras, microphones, and speaking for the whole world to hear; I felt like my heart was going to explode the first time I spoke up.
Yet, I went…
And I wanted to share what I learned about pushing past our comfort zones.
#1….Beautiful friendships can only be developed outside of our comfy little comfort zone bubbles. Friendships that I hope will last a lifetime.
Yes, I’m an introvert, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want friends. And the ladies I met at #BelleLive were so inspiring and encouraging. Richelle of The Red Scorpio held my hand the first day as we went live to reassure me that I’d be okay. Sarah of A Love Letter To Adventure gave me courage by overcoming her own fears and by telling me that I could do it, as well. And Kris from Writing With A K and Jennifer from Teach Good Stuff both went above and beyond to make me feel at home. The other ladies who traveled there were also fantastic and lovely in their own ways and they all made me feel loved.
#2….You learn best when you invest emotionally, mentally, and monetarily. I can definitely say that I will be putting in the work that Blacksburg Belle gave us! It’s so different than learning at home. Taking those extra steps (you know paying for plane tickets, getting on an airplane, and facing my public speaking fears) will reinforce the fact that I need to do the work! I didn’t invest everything just to let my workbooks collect dust!
#3….You’re never alone in the things you fear. April, the teacher of the course that I flew to California to attend, walked me out of the building my last day at CreativeLive (can you say excellent customer service?! I know that she walked me out as a friend and mentor, but taking those extra steps and moments with me will forever change the way I think of her brand…which I already knew was awesome.). On the way, she told me that she struggles with being in a crowd, as well…(say what?!). She empathized with my struggle. Then she thanked me, gave me a hug, and sent me along my way to conquer the world and my fears. And that was the best teaching moment of the whole trip, that she, who in my mind can’t possibly have any fears like my fears, actually had the same fears. Thanks, April for that!
So, if you want to know what caused me to fly all that way and put my fears aside, check out the two courses that I attended: Create Digital Products That Sell While You Sleep & Make Your Creative Business Uniquely Irresistible
Have you ever done anything way outside of your comfort zone? What things did you learn as a result? Please share with me in the comment section below!