This year my intention was to live my life out loud with no regrets and outside of the box that I had safely built around myself. Once I had decided that this was a definite plan I started making moves. It started with simple things - initiating conversation with people I was unfamiliar with, volunteering for projects at work, socializing with people that I would normally shy away from. Then I had the nerve to think that I could get promoted. I mentioned in a previous post that I started my current job in May 2016 and it is a new career field. The first steps in making my desires known to the right people were made in November and the opportunity came in January.
Here's what I know - making the decision to embark on something new and adventurous can be breath-taking and exciting. After the excitement settles down and you actually start to think about what you've done, things can get a little scary. Who am I kidding? It's terrifying! Anxiety creeps up on you, followed by doubt. You second guess your abilities and wonder why you've put yourself in this situation. I know about this first hand. I started my new position officially on Monday. IT moved me to my new area on Thursday last week. I panicked briefly as I sat at my new desk, but reminded myself of the goals I set in place the previous year.
Venturing out of your comfort zone won't be easy. As a matter of fact, you may call yourself crazy for even considering it. There may be times when trying something new becomes second nature. Then there may be times where you want to revert back to the 'old you.' If the latter happens, resist. Going back to 'business as usual' will not be what you truly want. Who doesn't love familiar and comfortable? Remain focused and don't forget your destination - outside of your comfort zone.
We are three months into 2017. There is still time to change your route. Make a commitment to take on at least one 'out of the ordinary' adventure. Start simple and then build on your momentum. Grab a friend for support. I'll be here - resisting the urge to run back to my normal. We can do this!
Until next time in the safe place,