I Stepped Out of my Comfort Zone, Here's the Resultby Tameeka Leon
So I did a thing this week. I attended a live Zoom workshop, video and all, called “Jumpstart your Why” with Simon Sinek’s team. The goal of the workshop was to create your Why statement.
Honestly, I signed-up because my friend signed up. I mean I knew that I needed this and really believed it would help me remember why I wanted to start Coffee.Yoga.Life. I also knew that Coffee.Yoga.Life. was how I wanted to share my message and I knew that my message was important to share.
But to be honest, I am a happy introvert who doesn’t like sharing personal information with strangers. I always dread the "Tell us a little bit about you" at every workshop that I've attended.
Knowing it was going to be a Zoom Video Call where we would be paired with strangers and asked to share personal stories made me a bit nervous and if it wasn’t for my friend I probably would have backed out.
But I also made a promise to myself this year that I would do the uncomfortable things. I would do the things that helped me grow as a person and in my business. After all, my word for 2020 is “Intentional Action”. How could I truly claim that I was living up to my word if I backed out of this amazing opportunity to work with Simon Sinek’s team just because it made me feel uncomfortable?
So I made myself look human again and joined the call with video turned on (my first time joining a video with my video turned on since the beginning of Google Hangout). It was a bit nerve-wracking, but I found a beautiful background on Canva and that helped me not feel like I was inviting complete strangers into my home.
I admit, I really wasn’t excited about working with a partner but it turned out AMAZING. My partner was awesome, and we worked through these exercises like they were nothing. The craziest part, to me, is that she got me.
In the short time that we spent together on Zoom, she was able to nail my “Why”. As soon as she read it to me, I felt it deep in my bones that she was right. I added to it a little but she nailed it.
The next day I spoke to my friend, the one was in the workshop with me, and she confirmed it for me. I’ve known her for years, she’s more like a sister than a friend, and she would definitely let me know if I wasn’t being honest with myself.
Here’s my Why, and also the reason I started Coffee.Yoga.Life.
“To celebrate, engage, and inspire people so that they feel appreciated and celebrated for who they are and who they want to be.”
I shared this experience because sometimes we really need to step out of our comfort zones to get the results we are looking for. Stepping out of your comfort zone allows you to grow and see yourself in a different light.
New experiences open you up to meet new people, try new things, and learn a bit more about the world around you. And they open you up for more new experiences.
What are you missing out on because you are scared?
Because something feels uncomfortable?
What would it take for you to step out of your comfort zone and do the thing that makes you scared?
What good could come from you doing this thing?
I urge you to take the chance, do the thing, and celebrate you for your courage.