Be nervous, be anxious, be full of doubt, and do it anyway.
You don’t and won’t grow from staying in your comfort zone.
Here’s what you will get when you stay in your comfort zone.
You will continue to get what you have always got, in your personal life, in your job or business, in your health and fitness, financially and in the way you think and act.
When you allow fear to rule your life, you stop seeing opportunities that are right there in front of you. You become restricted in how you live your life. You choose a job and career path that is safe, and supports your way of living.
You aren’t enjoying the job you are doing, yet it is easier to stay in it, as it allows you to feel a part of the group, where you can join in the conversations with others about the weather, price of petrol, public transport, or how much they hate their boss, co-workers, customers, job (insert the relevant answers, or select all of the above).
Hear this, you are not your job. You are not the drama that is happening in your life, your friend’s lives, work life, or in the lives of those you watch on tv. You are so much more than that, all you need to do is allow yourself to take a step back, and notice that your fear has made you feel safe with others who support your fears.
If you like a beige life, then by all means, go ahead, keep living right where you are, probably on your beige couch (the vinyl one). Nothing will ever change and 5 o’clock won’t come quickly enough for you, just the same as the weekend can’t come soon enough.
I also know that you haven’t read this far if you wanted to live a beige life.
In not doing it anyway, you allow fear to dictate the life you are living, when the life you want to be living has been there all along.
I know that you do actually want to do it anyway, what-ever it is. I know that you want to make the most of your day rather than wishing it away, and that you want to feel like your day has been meaningful.
It is hard to step out away from the community that has become a part of your life, a part of who you are, but you know deep down that you are bored with those conversations, and you want to be having conversations that are helping you grow, and helping others develop and grow as human beings.
In learning to do it anyway, you develop the self-confidence, and the belief, that you are capable of so much more than you have allowed yourself the freedom to do.
There is a new fear that presents itself, in the fear of the unknown, as you move away from the conversations that have allowed you to sit comfortably within your fear.
It is a different fear, but also exciting, and empowering, and just quietly, you will want more of it.
When I speak with people who are following their passion, or who want to change the lives of others for the better, or who take a simple idea and improve it, I genuinely get excited, and I feel their enthusiasm, and passion coming through as they speak. I get energy from hearing them speak about what they are doing, and the conversations that comes from that place are rich and rewarding, and full of life. You want and need to be around that, and be a part of it.
The fear you experience in not doing it now, is allowing you as an introvert to overthink your future more than normal, and scare yourself out of what may be. In doing it now, you focus on the present, the here and now, and you focus on what you can do, rather than what you can’t do.
In doing it now, all of your nervousness, your anxieties, and all of your doubt, get a little less vocal, while you get on with the doing.
Every time you get on with doing it now, you strengthen your confidence, self-belief and self-esteem muscles. Meaning that each time you have an opportunity to do something in the future, it isn’t such a big deal to do it anyway.