I remember the first time I went to Croatia. The civil war was still going on and I had some fear about visiting, but went anyway. And was so glad I did. What wonderful people and a beautiful place.
The first time I went to Germany, I was really nervous. I know enough Spanish and French to get by, but German I knew less than ten words. Now I can’t wait to go to Cologne, Germany with my softball team next month.
The first time I went to Australia, the person who was supposed to pick me up at the airport never showed up. I hadn’t even bothered to get the name of the hotel I was speaking at, because I was expecting to be met. I had no Aussie currency and couldn’t figure out how to use the phone. Ended up getting help from a car rental clerk. And fell so in love with the country that I now have an apartment there.
I remember the first time I worked with a translator, the first time I landed in Asia, the first time I spoke to an audience of 5,000 people. I think back about the first time I went into the studio to record an album, and when I sat down with a blank notebook to write a book.
In fact, there are of hundreds of things I did that had me
nervous, anxious, or downright scared. But I did them, and now enjoy the greatest job in the world. I love what I do, and look forward to it every day. But that came from leaving a comfort zone.
And that’s where the payoff comes in...
The more fears you are willing to challenge, the greater the rewards you receive.
So where is your comfort zone today? How much has it grown in the last two years? And more importantly, what are you going to do to grow it today?
Please share your answers below. I’m off on another around the world tour. Look forward to seeing some of you in the first stop, Barcelona.
P.S. If you’re one of the people that inquired about personal coaching from me, be sure to see the announcement in yesterday’s post here.