I was looking at a website the other day and thinking about comfort zones, and it dawned on me just how outside my comfort zone publishing books and writing a blog really is. It also made me realize that good things do exist outside of what we’re comfortable with.
I’ve always been one of those ‘stay at home and let the world do as it will’ kind of people. I’m not big on interaction, even online. Never have been. I’ve always been far more comfortable curled up in a corner with a book.
I remember the first day I put up the blog. I shook for hours afterwards simply because I had hit ‘publish’. It was worse with my books. Putting them out for the public was one of the hardest things I ever did, but I think it was worth it, even though there’s still a sense of relief sometimes that no one notices they’re there.
I think that’s something a lot of people deal with, not just authors. We’re taught, or come to believe, that our comfort zones keep us safe. The reality is that they hold us back, keep us from achieving all we can achieve. A friend of mine put it simply the other day when she said she was afraid of success. I think she’s right. A lot of us are.
But why are we afraid? What is so horrible about actually achieving our dreams? When did we come to believe, to know, that the only real success is a job that makes us miserable? Why do we believe that?
I don’t want to believe that anymore. I want to believe that being successful at something I love is okay, even laudable. I want to shake off the programming that tells me that the only real success is a daily grind that kills my spirit and leaves me exhausted.
So, who’s with me? Who’s ready to step outside the comfort zone and take the steps to achieve their dreams?
It’ll be worth it in the end.
For all of us.